ABU Battlers dominate Firebirds

PHILIPPI – Alderson Broaddus (3-4, 0-0 G-MAC) had no trouble avenging an earlier season non-conference loss to the University of the District of Columbia Wednesday at Rex Pyles Arena, defeating the Firebirds in dominating fashion, 95-65.

In a game played in Washington on Nov. 20, UDC (1-4, 0-1 East Coast Conference) clipped the Battlers by one, 78-77.

This contest started close as well, with the Firebirds holding a slight advantage. Steals by UDC’s Reggie Sidbury and Quasim Jones helped the visitors to stay just ahead of AB until the 12:58 mark, when Adam Kline made a layup to put the Battlers up for good at 18-16.

Three pointers from Ali Bilal and Ron Miller gave AB its first significant lead, of six points at 24-18.

The lead just kept extending as the hosts began to control the boards, which led to more opportunities and some easy put-back baskets on the offensive end.

AB held an 18-point advantage at the half, 50-32.

Point guard Tatum Malcolm drove the lane for a layup in the first minute after intermission to push the lead to 20, and the rout was on.

Richard Lemon hit a jumper for 59-34 at 17:10 of the second half and AB got its first 30-point advantage at 67-37 on another layup by Kline with 14:28 remaining.

The Battlers enjoyed their largest margin, 37 points, with nine minutes left and AB started substituting freely until the horn sounded with the final 95-65 score.

Tatum led the way with 21 points as four AB players reached double figures. Kline followed with 19 and also pulled down 18 rebounds for a double-double, and Bilal and Lemon had 12 points each.

As a team, Alderson Broaddus shot 52.9 percent from the field and was 12-14 from the line for a 85.7 percent rate.

The home team also had a huge advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the visitors 51-17, including an amazing 21 offensive caroms.

Lenjo Kilo, Clenso Brannon and Jones led UDC with 16, 13, and 11 points respectively.

The Battlers travel to Petersburg, Va., to take on Virginia State University Saturday at 4 p.m.

After that they return home to face West Virginia Wesleyan College in the annual Gold Rush game on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.