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Concord outlasts D&E in two OTs; AB falls

ATHENS — Davis & Elkins rallied late in a back-and-forth matchup but Concord held off the surging Senators, 107-100, in double overtime Monday night in the opening round of the Mountain East Conference Tournament inside the Carter Center.

Breland Walton, who scored 27 points after halftime, hit the game-tying bucket with under five seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. D&E, which finished the season 4-11, had tremendous contributions from throughout the lineup, including a game-high 30 points for Gyasi Powell.

Walton finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds and Sam Rolle IV had a double-double of his own with 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

The Mountain Lions (9-7) were led by Malik Johnson’s 29 points, while Ethan Heller notched 28 points. Liam Evans posted 21 points with eight boards for the Mountain Lion.

D&E shot 48.1% from the floor and Concord finished 50.6% from the field in the second overtime matchup of the season between the two squads.

Johnson’s 3-pointer with 1:48 to go in the second overtime made it a six-point game and the Mountain Lions held on down the stretch.

Concord advances to play West Liberty Friday in Wheeling in the quarterfinals of the tourney.

Wheeling 97, AB 91

PHILIPPI — Jarrett Haines fired in 34 points and Jordan Reid added 22 as Wheeling defeated Alderson Broaddus, 97-91, in the first round of the MEC Tournament Monday night at Rex Pyles Arena.

The Cardinals took a 51-37 halftime lead, shooting 64% from 3-point territory. The Battlers cashed in on 50% of their attempts from the field, but shot just 31% from beyond the arc.

A trey at the 15:55 mark gave Wheeling a 22- point lead, its largest of the night.

John Grayson cut the lead down to single digits with a putback with 6:06 left to play and the deficit was down to four before Wheeling iced the game at the free-throw line.

David Shriver fired in a career-high 31 points for the Battlers, who finished the season 6-11. Dalen Solomon added 16.

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