Battlers rally past Pioneers; Falcons cruise
CHARLESTON – Alderson-Broaddus overcame a second-half deficit in an 82-69 victory over Glenville State Thursday in quarterfinal action of the West Virginia Conference tourney being played at the Civic?Center.
The Battlers, who will face Fairmont State at 6:30 p.m. today in the semifinals, held an early 12-4 lead in the first half only to see the Pioneers knot the contest at 13. GSC gained a 19-15 advantage before A-B fought back to take a 29-25 lead. After the Pioneers pulled within two, the Battlers extended their advantage to seven at the break.
GSC tied the contest at 45 with 13:54 to go and eventually took the lead at three different times in the second period. However, A-B went on a 12-0 run that spanned 2:54 to put the game away.
Kurklin Bohanon poured in a game-high 29 points and snagged nine rebounds to go along with a game-high four steals in the victory. Casey Ainslie netted 15 points while Roy Brown amassed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Adam Kline totaled 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Lamar Mallory had 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Pioneers. Kevin Gray and Jamel Morris scored 12 points apiece, and JJ Vazquez accounted for 11 markers. DJ Blanks had nine points and a game-best seven assists.
Fairmont State 77
Seton Hill …….. 63
Fairmont State controlled the paint by a 50-10 margin and ousted Seton Hill by a 77-63 count Thursday in WVC quarterfinal play.
The Falcons jumped out to an 8-3 lead before Oliver McGlade buried a three-point shot as did Kameron Taylor, giving the Griffins a 9-8 advantage. McGlade drained another long shot for a 12-8 margin with 14:15 to go in the first half. However, FSU responded with a 30-12 spurt the rest of the way for a 14-point halftime margin.
Malik Stith paced the Falcons with a game-high 25 points while Isaac Thornton netted 23 to go along with his nine rebounds. Melvin Rhodes accounted for 11 points and eight boards. Isaiah Hill notched seven points, eight rebounds and had two blocks. FSU drained 23 charity shots.
McGlade drilled six three-point shots en route to a 24-point performance for the Griffins. Max Kenyi and Malachi Leonard scored nine points apiece. Kameron Taylor grabbed seven rebounds. Kenyi, Leonard and Lenjo Kilo had two blocks apiece.
Wheeling Jesuit 72
Charleston ……. 62
Wheeling Jesuit overcame a halftime deficit to post a 72-62 victory over Charleston Thursday evening in WVC?quarterfinal action.
The Golden Eagles built an 11-point edge with 7:13 to play in the first half off a lay-up by Terrell Lipkins. After a time-out by the Cardinals, Justin Fritts drained a three-point shot, starting a 7-0 run by the designated home team. WJU trimmed the deficit to one on a banked in three-pointer by Andre Harris with five seconds left in the first half, making the score 37-36 in favor of UC.
West Liberty 78
No. 1 West Liberty broke open a close game with a strong second half, earning a spot in the WVC tournament semifinals with a 78-66 victory over Pitt-Johnstown.
The Hilltoppers used a 12-3 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Mountain Cats. Leading by six with 11:15 to play, WLU put together a spurt that spanned 3:10 to lead by double digits and net the win.