Basketball Bobcats fall to Shepherd, 85-65

Camerom Ramage (4) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats goes up strong to the basket in front of Shepherd’s Noah Wimbish during their non-conference outing Wednesday at Rockefeller Center. The ‘Cats dropped an 85-65 decision.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat basketball team ran into another red-hot shooting team this past Wednesday when they entertained the Shepherd Rams in a non-conference clash at Rockefeller Center.

The Bobcats dropped an 85-65 decision.

Shepherd shot 52.6 percent from the floor and even better from beyond the three-point arc shooting 55.9 percent.

Wesleyan never had a lead in the contest falling behind early by a 15-4 score after six minutes of action.

Edward Flohr uncorked a three-pointer and Dusan Vicentic flipped in a jumper to bring Wesleyan to within six, at 15-9, with 12:22 remaining in the first half.

A lay-up by Ross Young kept Wesleyan down 10, at 30-20, with 7:32 remaining, but Shepherd outscored Wesleyan by a 13-6 margin the remainder of the half for a 42-26 lead.

Wesleyan cut the deficit to 15 on a Vicentic free-throw at the 17:34 mark, at 49-34, but the Rams ballooned their lead up to 29 just three minutes later, at 66-37.

Wesleyan kept battling and went on a 13-0 run capped by a dunk by Young that brought them to within 16, at 66-50, with 9:10 left in the contest.

With Shepherd holding a 71-50 lead, the ‘Cats went on a 7-0 run closing the gap to just 14, at 71-54, with 6:06 remaining in the contest.

A free throw by Anthony Garcia narrowed the Shepherd lead down to 15, at 80-65, with three minutes remaining but Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way.

Vicentic tallied 16 points while Young had 10 points.

Clay Todd chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.

Thomas Lang led Shepherd with 31 points while Kyle Daggett had 17 and Jon Preston 12

Shepherd improved to 2-1 on the season while Wesleyan dropped to 0-4.

The ‘Cats will be back in action Wednesday when they visit Alderson Broaddus for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

The boxscore:

Shepherd                          43  42 – 85

West Virginia Wesleyan  26  39 – 65

Shepherd 85

Thomas Lang 10-14 3-3 31; Kyle Daggett 7-10 0-0 17; Jon Preston 4-13 2-2 12; Jarell Jones 3-8 0-0 9, Daniel McClain-Corley 2-5 1-1 5; P.J. Jordan 2-4 0-0 6; Cam Stephens 1-2 0-0 3; Emmanuel Aghayere 1-1 0-0 2; Noah Wimbish 0-0 0-0 0; Zane Cogan 0-0 0-0 0; Chris McAboy 0-0 0-0 0; Marcus Gorham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-57 6-6 85.

West Virginia Wesleyan 65

Dusan Vicentic 7-12 1-1 16;  Ross Young 5-6 0-0 10; Clay Todd 4-7 1-2 9; Braeden McGrew 3-6 0-0 8; Daylin Lee 2-10 2-2 6; Edward Flohr 2-6 0-0 6; Luka Petrovic 1-7 0-0 3; Anthony Garcia 1-5 1-1 3; Marcus Larsson 1-6 0-0 2; Jaylin Reed 1-2 0-0 2; Cameron Ramage 0-2 0-0 0; Marvel McGowan 0-0 0-0 0; Jake Dennis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-70 5-6 65.

Three-point field goals – Shepherd: Lang 8-11; Daggett 3-4; Jones 3-5; Jordan 2-3; Preston 2-8; Stephens 1-1; McClain-Corley 0-2. Totals 19-34; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2-2; Vicentic 1-1; Garcia 1-1; Todd 1-2. Totals 5-6.

Rebounds – Shepherd: Lang 6; Preston 5; Daggett 4; Jones 4; Jordan 4; McClain-Corley 3; Stephens 3; team 2; Aghayere 1; Wimbish 1; McAboy 1. Totals 34; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 8; Larsson 5; Vicentic 4; Flohr 4; Lee 3; team 3, Garcia 2; Petrovic 1; Young 1; McGrew 1; McGowan 1. Totals 33.

Assists – Shepherd: Jones 6; Preston 5; Lang 4; team 3; Jordan 2; Stephens 2. Totals 19; West Virginia Wesleyan: Flohr 4; Todd 3; Petrovic 3; Vicentic 1; McGrew 1; Ramage 1. Totals 13.

Steals – Shepherd: Lang 2; Jordan 1; McClain-Corley 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Young 2; McGowan 2; Vicentic 1; Flohr 1; Petrovic 1. Totals 9.

Blocks – Shepherd: Daggett 2; Preston 1; McClain-Corley 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: None.

Turnovers – Shepherd: 15; West Virginia Wesleyan: 9.

Fouls – Shepherd: 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: 11.

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