Basketball ‘Cats go 0-2 in Indiana (Pa.) Tournament to begin season


INDIANA (Pa.) – For one half, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat basketball team was poised to have the upset of the weekend as they led No. 11 Indiana (Pa.) Crimson Hawks by a 31-25 score.

Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, they couldn’t keep that momentum going in the first half and dropped a 75-52 decision to Indiana (Pa.) Friday night in the opening round of the IRMC/Hilton Garden Inn Classic at the Kovalchick Complex.

The Bobcats followed that up on Saturday with a battle with Pitt-Johnstown in the Classic and lost a 78-68 decision.

Trailing 10-9 early in Friday’s contest, Braden McGrew knocked down a jumper, Ross Young slammed down a dunk and Marcus Larsson unleashed a three-pointer as Wesleyan took a 16-10 lead with 10:14 left in the opening half.

I.U.P  tied the game at 16-16, but Daylin Lee made two free throws and then uncorked a three-pointer to return the lead to Wesleyan, at 21-16.

Wesleyan still led by two, at 25-23, when Young had another dunk and Clay Todd flipped in two free throws to keep the ‘Cats up by six, at 29-23 with 2:36 left in the half.

They maintained that six-point lead, at 31-25, at the break.

I.U.P scored the first eight points of the second half for a 33-31 lead but Dusan Vicentic went inside for a lay-up and Lee had dunk to return the lead back to Wesleyan at 35-33 with 16:15 remaining in the contest.

Down 38-37, Vicentic sliced inside for a lay-up to give Wesleyan the lead, at 39-38, with 14:43 left, but it would be the last lead the Bobcats would have.

I.U.P went on a 9-4 run opening up a 47-41 lead with 11:45 remaining.

A lay-up by McGrew kept Wesleyan down by seven, at 52-47, but the Crimson Hawks went on a 14-0 run to take a commanding 66-45 lead with 4:53 remaining.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer than 18 points for the remainder of the game.

Young and Lee were the only two Bobcats to reach double digits as Young scored 12 and Lee 10.

Lee had a team-high five rebounds for Wesleyan.

Armoni Foster had a game-high 21 points to lead the Crimson Hawk offense.

In Saturday’s contest, the first half was a back-and-forth affair between the two teams.

Six points was the biggest lead of the half for either team and that belonged to Wesleyan at the 12:18 mark following a Todd lay-up that treated the Bobcats to a 21-15 advantage.

A three-pointer by Edward Flohr gave Wesleyan a 31-29 lead with 5:19 left in the half, but Pitt-Johnstown ended the period on an 8-2 run for a 37-33 lead at the half.

Wesleyan was never able to grab the lead in the second half.

A pair of free throws by Luka Petrovic closed the gap back to four points, at 46-42, but Pitt-Johnstown went on a 12-0 run for a 58-42 lead with 13:03 remaining in the game.

Pitt-Johnstown opened a 22-point lead with 8:50 to go, at 71-49.

The closest Wesleyan could get the rest of the way was 10 points and that was at the buzzer.

Vicentic led Wesleyan with 16 points and 13 rebound with a double-double.

Wesleyan, now, 0-2, will return to action today when they host Salem in a non-conference clash at Rockefeller Center at 7 p.m.

The boxscores:

West Virginia Wesleyan  31  21 – 52

Indiana (Pa.)                       25  50 – 75

West Virginia Wesleyan 52

Ross Young 6-6 0-1 12; Daylin Lee 3-7 2-2 10; Luka Petrovic 3-8 0-0 6, Dusan Vicentic 3-8 0-0 6, Marcus Larrson 2-6 0-0 6, Braeden McGrew 2-2 2-2 6, Clay Todd 1-3 2-2 4, Anthony Garcia 1-2 0-0 2; Edward Flohr 0-2 0-0 0; Jacob White 0-1 0-0 0; Cameron Ramage 0-0 0-0 0; Marvel McGowan 0-1 0-0 0; Tommie Pope 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 6-7 52.

Indiana (Pa.) 75

Armoni Foster 8-14 1-2 21; Dave Morris 3-8 8-9 15; Tommy Demogerontas 5-11 0-0 11; Shawndale Jones 4-9 2-2 11; Chucky Humphries 3-7 2-4 8; Malik Miller 2-8 2-2 7; Ethan Porterfield 1-3 0-0 2; Dylan Benton 0-1 0-0 0; Shawn Ulrich 0-0 0-0 0; Alan Glover 0-0 0-0 0; Anthony White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 8-30 75.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2-3, Larsson 2-3, Petrovic 0-4, Vicentic 0-3, Todd 0-1, Garcia 0-1, McGowan 0-1. Totals 4-16; Indiana (Pa): Foster 4-8, Demogerontas 1-4, Miller 1-5, Jones 1-5, Morris 1-6. Totals 8-30.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 5, Vicentic 3, Flohr 3, Larsson 3, Todd 3, team 3, Young 1, White 1, Ramage 1, McGowan 1. Totals 24; Indiana (Pa.): Demogerontas 6, Humphries 5, Miller 5, Foster 4, Morris 4, team 4, Jones 3, Porterfield 2, Benton 2. Totals 35.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5, Larsson 3, Lee 3, Flohr 2, Vicentic 1. Totals 14; Indiana (Pa.): Morris 5, Miller 5, Demogerontas 2, Foster 1, Humphries 1, Jones 1. Totals 16.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 4, Petrovic 3, Young 1, Flohr 1, Todd 1. Totals 10; Indiana (Pa.): Humphries 4, Foster 3, Morris 3, Demogerontas 1, Miller 1, Jones 1, Benton 1. Totals 14.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 1, Petrovic 1, Larsson 1. Totals 3; Indiana (Pa.): Foster 1, Humphries 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 27; Indiana (Pa.): 17.

Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Indiana (Pa.): 11.

West Virginia Wesleyan 33  35 – 68

Pitt-Johnstown                  37  41 – 78

West Virginia Wesleyan 68

Vicentic 5-13 4-7 16; Petrovic 3-9 3-4 10; Flohr 3-6 0-0 8; Lee 1-7 5-6 7; Garcia 3-4 1-2 7; Young 1-2 4-4 6; Todd 2-6 0-0 4; McGrew 1-2 1-1 4; Larrson 1-3 0-0 3; Ramage 1-1 0-0 3; McGowan 0-0 0-0 0; Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 18-25 68.

Pitt-Johnstown 78

Joe Batt 6-13 4-5 18; John Paul Kromka 5-7 3-5 13; Caiden Landis 6-9 0-0 12; Drew Magestro 3-7 2-2 10; Josh Wise 4-9 0-0 9; Marci Wiszomirski 2-3 3-6 7; Jared Jakubick 2-5 2-3 6; Fred Mulbah 1-4 1-4 3; Donovian Maxfield 0-3 0-0 0; Matt Holsinger 0-1 0-0 0; Adam Kline 0-0 0-0 0; Daunte Allegretto 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-61 13-23 78.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Flohr 2-4, Vicentic 2-6, Ramage 1-1, McGrew 1-2, Larsson 1-3, Petrovic 1-4, Pope 0-1, Lee 0-1, Todd 0-2. Totals 8-24; Pitt-Johnstown: Jakubick 2-3, Magestro 2-5, Batt 2-6, Wise 1-3, Wiszomirski 0-1, Mulbah 0-2, Maxfield 0-3. Totals 7-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 13, Lee 5, Petrovic 4, Young 3, Flohr 2, Todd 2, Pope 1, Garcia 1, McGrew 1, Larsson 1, McGowan 1, team 1. Totals 35; Pitt-Johnstown: Kromka 10, Batt 6, team 5, Magestro 3, Mulbah 3, Jakubick 3, Landis 2, Wise 2, Holsinger 2, Wiszomirski 1, Mafield 1, Kline 1. Totals 39.

Assists – Petrovic 4, Vicentic 3, Young 2, Flohr 1, Todd 1, Garcia 1. Totals 12; Pitt-Johnstown: Batt 6, Magestro 5, Mulbah 4, Holsinger 2, Kromka 1,  Landis 1, Maxfield 1. Totals 20.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 3, Petrovic 3, Lee 2, Todd 2, Larrson 1. Totals 11; Pitt-Johnstown: Wise 3, Batt 3, Mulbah 2, Kromka 1, Magestro 1, Jakubick 1, Maxfield 1. Total 12.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2, Todd 2. Totals 4; Pitt-Johnstown: Kromka 2, Wise 1.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Pitt-Johnstown: 15.

Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 22; Pitt-Johnstown: 20.

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