Battlers best Kentucky Wesleyan in G-MAC title tilt

PHILIPPI?- All five starters reached double digits in scoring as Alderson Broaddus claimed the G-MAC title with a 65-61 win over Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday at Rex Pyles Arena.

Despite the victory, the Battlers (24-5) were left out of the NCAA Division II tournament field, which was released on Sunday night.

The G-MAC champion doesn’t receive an automatic bid to the tournament at this time.

The Mountain East Conference, qualified three teams – tournament champion Charleston, West Liberty and Glenville State.

Adam Kline and Ali Bilal each scored 13 points for AB, while Thylas Perkins added 11, and Richard Lemon and Malcolm Tatum 10 each.

Kline, the lone senior on the roster, also had nine rebounds and Tatum five assists.

The Battlers led 31-27 before the Panthers went on a 12-4 run to start the second half.

Back-to-back layups by Perkins and Lemon then ignited AB on an 11-4 surge that resulted in a 44-41 advantage with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

A pair of free throws from the Panthers’ Donovan Johnson with 8:17 left tied the game at 49.

The contest remained deadlocked at 55 until the visitors forged ahead on five straight points from Lonnie Hayes.

The Battlers answered right back on foul shots from Tatum and Kline, whose three-point play with 1:34 tied the game at 61.

AB?then scored the game’s final four points, with Bilal’s layup with 46 ticks remaining giving the hosts the lead for good.

Hayes finished with 28 points and Johnson added 10 to lead Kentucky Wesleyan.

Johnson also grabbed nine boards, while Ken-Jah Bosley dished out three assists.

Devin Langford added five blocked shots.

Both teams shot under 45 percent from the field. AB had nine turnovers compared to 13 committed by the Panthers, who finished the season 22-9.