WEST LIBERTY – The 2018-19 West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats will get their season underway tonight when they play West Chester (Pa.) in the annual MEC/PSAC Crossover Tournament at West Liberty.
The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
The ‘Cats will play Kutztown Saturday in the tournament at 3 p.m.
For the Bobcats to be successful this season they have to improve on a league worst offense that averaged just 66.9 points per game last season.
To alleviate that situation, head coach Jack Meriwether will turn to his lone senior on the team, 6-6 forward Fred Brondsted.
Brondsted is one of the best shooters in the league,” remarked Meriwether. “He has great experience and just knows how to play.”
Brondsted averaged 8.0 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game last season.
Meriwether will also turn to a pair of junior guards to lead the team in Clay Todd and Luka Petrovic.
Todd missed last season due to an injury while Petrovic averaged 8.1 points per game.
“Petrovic is one of the best defenders in the country and runs our offense well,” Meriwether stated. “Todd is a great athlete who can do everything on the court. We are very glad to get him back from injury.”
Meriwether hopes two newcomers to the roster will turn around the fortunes of Wesleyan who finished 7-22 season in point guard Braeden McGrew and forward Daylin Lee.
McGrew is an in-state product from Winfield High School,” Meriwether said. “He will play a lot for us off the bench at point guard. Lee is a big versatile wing from Canada who can do a lot of things for us.”
While the Bobcats were tabbed for 10th in the 12-team league in the coaches preseason poll, Meriwether stated that competing for the Mountain East Conference championship is always the goal of his Bobcats.
“Our expectation is to compete for the Mountain East Conference Championship,” Meriwether remarked. “We believe that we have a team that can compete with anyone when we play our way. I believe year in and year out the MEC is the best men’s basketball league in the country. This year is no different. But our ultimate goal is to do our best to make every game look like our practices. We play a unique style on offense and defense and when games are played on our terms we are as good as anyone in the country.”
Meriwether hopes the Bobcat defense will continue to be a strong point of the team as they allowed just 75.6 points per game last year which was second best in the MEC.
All home Bobcat games will be free admission for the local community.
We are very hopeful we can get great local fan support,” concluded Meriwether. “We see ourselves as Buckhannon’s team and appreciate all of the support that we receive.”
The ‘Cats will open their home season Monday, Nov. 19 when they entertain West Liberty at 7:30 p.m.