Basketball ‘Cats come up short against Alderson Broaddus in 84-76 setback

Jaylin Reed

BUCKHANNON – Jaylin Reed scored a game-high 24 points and Daylin Lee and Ross Young each recorded double-doubles for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference home clash with the Alderson Broaddus Battlers Saturday evening, but it still wasn’t enough to get the Bobcats their first win of the season as they dropped an 84-76 decision.

Lee scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Young tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds, but their efforts still left Wesleyan winless on the season at 0-7 overall and 0-7 in the MEC.

“There are some good things for us to build on,” remarked Wesleyan head coach Nick Patella after the game. “Our offense is moving better. The wins are out there for us to grab, so we have to take some more steps forward to win.”

Lee got the Bobcats started off on the right foot with a lay-up in the paint to give Wesleyan an early 2-0 lead and a few minutes later, another lay-up by Lee kept the game tied at 7-7.

Alderson Broaddus went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes for a 16-7 advantage.

Reed stopped the run with a three-pointer and Lee darted inside for a lay-up bringing Wesleyan to within four, at 16-12.

Alderson Broaddus built their lead up to 10 points, at 39-29, with 2:39 remaining in the half.

Still down by nine, at 41-32 with 17 seconds remaining in the half, Wesleyan closed with a flourish with Reed scoring two points on a lay-up and Shawn Moran hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap for Wesleyan to just four, at 41-37.

Alderson Broaddus’ Coryon Rice started the second half with a three-pointer, but Wesleyan responded with an 8-0 run. After a Young lay-up, they retook the lead for the first time since the start of the game, at 45-44.

An Anthony Craven Jr. lay-up kept Wesleyan ahead by one, at 51-50, at the 12:56 mark.

The Battlers took the lead back with a lay-up by Christian Miller-Cardwell just 15 seconds later and held it for the next eight minutes until Wesleyan took it back on a lay-up from Reed, at 67-66, with 4:53 remaining in the game.

It was the last lead for Wesleyan as Alderson Broaddus went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes taking a 76-67 lead with 2:43 left to play.

A trey by Reed made it a 76-72 contest with 1:22 remaining, but Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer as the Battlers ended the game on an 8-4 run.

The win improved the Battlers to 4-3 overall and 4-3 in the MEC.

Miller-Cardwell led Alderson Broaddus with 21 points while David Shriver and Josh Bradford each added 18.

The Bobcats were scheduled to visit Notre Dame College Monday night.

They will return to action Wednesday hosting Wheeling in a conference game at 7:30 p.m.

They will visit West Liberty Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Alderson Broaddus         41  43 – 84

West Virginia Wesleyan  37  39 – 76

Alderson Broaddus 84

Christian Miller-Cardwell 7-14 4-5 21; David Shriver 6-13 2-2 18; Josh Bradford 8-10 1-3 18; Lacey Watson 7-12 0-1 16; Coryon Rice 2-5 0-0 5; KJ Walker 1-7 2-4 4; Zach Simpkins 0-3 2-2 2; Vincent Smalls 0-1 0-0 0; John Grayson 0-0 0-0 0; Tahleik Walker 0-0 0-0 0; Dalen Solomon 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 31-66 11-18 84.

West Virginia Wesleyan 76

Jaylin Reed 9-18 2-4 24; Daylin Lee 6-16 4-4 17; Ross Young 7-11 0-0 14; Zach Seese 3-3 0-0 7; Anthony Craven Jr. 2-8 0-0 4; Cameron Ramage 2-6 0-0 4; Jaret Mullooly 1-3 0-0 3; Shawn Moran 1-3 0-0 3; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0; Braeden McGrew 0-1 0-0 0; Jayden Hibbitt 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 6-8 76.

Three-point field goals – Alderson Broaddus: Shriver 4-10; Miller-Cardwell 3-7; Watson 2-4; Bradford 1-2; Rice 1-3; Walker 0-3; Simpkins 0-3. Totals 11-32; West Virginia Wesleyan: Reed 4-9; Seese 1-1; Mullooly 1-2; Moran 1-3; Lee 1-6; Hibbitt 0-1; Ramage 0-1, Craven Jr. 0-2. Totals 8-25.

Rebounds – Alderson Broaddus: Watson 8; Miller-Cardwell 7; Shriver 4; Walker 4; team 4; Rice 2; Bradford 2; Simpkins 2; Solomon 1. Totals 34; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 14; Young 11; Reed 6; team 4; Craven Jr. 3; Ramage 3; Seese 2; Hibbitt 2; Mullooly 1; Pope 1; McGrew 1. Totals 48.

Assists – Alderson Broaddus: Walker 4; Rice 3; Miller-Cardwell 2; Smalls 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 5; Young 4; Lee 3; Moran 2; McGrew 2; Ramage 1; Hibbitt 1. Totals 18.

Steals – Alderson Broaddus: Shriver 2; Watson 2; Rice 1; Smalls 1; Bradford 1. Totals 7; West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 2; Young 1; Craven Jr. 1; McGrew 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots -- Alderson Broaddus: Watson 1; Grayson 1; Walker 1. Totals 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 3; Reed 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers -- Alderson Broaddus: 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: 18.

Personal fouls -- Alderson Broaddus: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 20.

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