Battlers get past D&E in semis
PHILIPPI – Top-seed Alderson Broaddus held off a second-half rally by No. 5 seed Davis & Elkins to claim a 77-63 win in semifinal action of the G-MAC tournament Friday night at Rex Pyles Arena.
The Battlers (23-5) will face Kentucky Wesleyan (22-8) at 2 p.m. today in the title game. The Panthers cruised past Salem International, 99-77, in Friday’s other semifinal.
AB?appeared to be in control against the Senators, leading by 15 points in the second half. But D&E put together a pair of runs, the latter cutting the lead to four with 5 minutes left in regulation.
AB answered, however, with a 7-0 surge to push the margin back to double digits.
Adam Kline tossed in 21 points to lead the Battlers. Devin Colston and Malcolm Tatum chipped in with 13 each. Richard Lemon contributed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Devin Miller bucketed 20 points and Brian Dixon netted 14 for the Senators, who ended the season 13-17.
In the first semifinal, sixth-seed Salem International jumped out to a 10-4 lead before No. 2 seed Kentucky Wesleyan went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good.
The Panthers led 49-31 at halftime before the Tigers made one final push to get within 60-48.
But a 16-6 surge by Kentucky Wesleyan pushed the margin to 22 points.
Lonnie Hayes fired in 33 points to pace the Panthers. Devin Langford and Donovan Johnson added 14 each, while Ken-Jay Bosley tallied 13.
Walter Brock had 29 points and 13 rebounds for Salem, followed by Jamal Robinson with 18 points and Darius Roper with 11.
AB handed Kentucky Wesleyan’s its lone conference losses this season. The Battlers captured an 81-62 victory in Owensboro, Ky., and a 69-62 decision Feb. 22 at Philippi.