D&E, AB advance to semifinals
PHILIPPI – Top-seed Alderson Broaddus and Davis & Elkins advanced to the semifinals of the G-MAC tournament after taking wins Thursday night at Rex Pyles Arena.
The Battlers and Senators will clash at 7:30 p.m. today in one semifinal, while Kentucky Wesleyan and Salem International battle at 5 p.m.
Fifth-seed D&E (13-16) earned a spot in the semis by defeating No. 4 seed Cedarville, 71-65, in Thursdays late game.
The Senators trailed by six early before taking the lead for good midway through the first half. They led by five at the intermission and by as many as 16 points in the second half.
The Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to 69-65 with under a minute to play in regulation before D&E converted from the free-throw line down the stretch to secure the win.
Devin Miller had 18 points to pace the Senators, followed by Kevin Bracy-Davis with 14, Brian Dixon with 13 and Tivius Guthrie with 11.
Brian Grant tossed in 18 and Lane Vander Hulst 17 for Cedarville.
AB 107, Ohio Valley 70
All five starters reached double figures as the Battlers cruised into semifinal action.
Ali Bilal had 18 points to lead AB. Thylas Perkins chipped in with 14, Adam Kline 11 and Richard Lemon and Malcolm Tatum 10 each.
Kline, the league’s player of the year, also grabbed 16 rebounds.
Jerry Macon Jr. tallied 11 and David Sinickas 10 for the Fighting Scots.
Salem ……….. 118
Central State 111
Walter Brock fired in 33 points to lead No. 6 Salem International to the upset win over No. 3 Central State.
Also reaching double figures for the Tigers (14-13) were Jamal Robinson (24), Freddy Edouard (16), Cortney Pitts (14) and Darius Roper (12).
LeDonte Body paced theMarauders (18-11) with 29 points, followed by Tre Edwards with 24, Raheem Lemons with 15 and Masceo Harman and Antone Byrd with 12 each.
Ky. Wesleyan 105
Trevecca ……… 56
Seven players reached double figures in scoring to lead second-seed Kentucky Wesleyan to the easy win over Trevecca Nazarene.
Donavan Johnson’s 19 points led the Panthers. Devin Langford (14), Ken-Jah Bosley (13), Dominique Dawson (11), Lonnie Hayes (11), Patrick Neel (11) and Rico Ferguson (10) also reached double digits.
Nick Drake led Trevecca with 13 markers.