Battlers open G-MAC play with victory over Salem

PHILIPPI – Malcolm Tatum and Adam Kline combined for 45 points to pace Alderson Broaddus to a 103-78 win over Salem International Thursday night in a G-MAC contest at Rex Pyles Arena.

Tatum finished with 23 points, followed by Kline with 22, Ali Bilal with 17 and Thylas Perkins with 15. Kline also pulled down 16 rebounds.

Walter Brock’s 22 points led the Tigers. Freddy Edouard also reached double figures with 15.

The Battlers were never threatened after opening the game on a 14-5 run. Salem International got to within four points twice before halftime but AB?carried a 51-43 lead into the break.

The Tigers regrouped to start the second half, embarking on a 10-4 run to make it 55-53 after a pair of free throws from Edouard with 16:28 left in regulation.

Salem International came no closer, however, as the Battlers took control and eventually built a 15-point advantage with 8:36 left on a layup by Kline.

AB connected on 50 percent of its field-goal opportunities. Both teams shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The Battlers (7-4, 1-0 G-MAC) will remain home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to battle Ohio Valley. Salem International (8-4, 0-3) will visit Davis &?Elkins on the same day.

Women’s game

AB 66, Salem International 59

PHILIPPI – Alderson Broaddus picked up its first win of the season with a 66-59 victory over G-MAC foe Salem International Thursday night at Rex Pyles Arena.

The Battlers (1-9, 1-1 G-MAC) trailed 14-7 early before going on a 9-2 run to tie the game on a 3-pointer from Korie Maryo.

With the contest knotted at 18, another trey by Natalie Smith started AB on an 8-0 run and it never trailed again.

The lead was 38-32 at the intermission and grew to as many as 11 points in the second half.

Maryo finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench to pace the winners. Haley Robb also contributed 10 markers in a reserve role.

Porcha Davis poured in 22 points and Inkera Patterson tallied 15 for the Tigers (3-8, 0-3).

Both teams will return to action on Saturday against G-MAC opponents, as the Battlers will host Ohio Valley and Salem International will visit Davis &?Elkins.