Battlers narrowly survive Bobcats’ upset bid, winning 66-64


PHILLIPI — From the opening tip, the game, featuring the Alderson Broaddus University Battlers, was an up-and-down rollercoaster affair for the Bobcats. West Virginia Wesleyan College got off to a hot start jumping out to an early 6-2 lead. As the first half wore on, these two teams began to feel each other out, exchanging the lead several times before the Battlers finally gained some separation with an 8-0 run over a four-minute span in the half’s closing minutes to build a 28-22 lead at halftime.

The Bobcats got off to a quick start early stages of the second half, to trim the Battlers’ lead to five. The Bobcats were held at arms-length until the ten-minute mark when the Bobcats went on a 7-0 run over a two-minute span, capped off by a triple to make it a one-point game with 8:14 left. However, the Battlers were able to dig deep and come up with a response each time the Bobcats made a run. 

The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team (1-8 overall, 0-5 MEC) mounted a late run inside the Rex Pyles Arena that fell that just short of upsetting the Alderson Broaddus Battlers (5-3, 3-2) Wednesday night, In the end, the Battlers’ held off the Bobcats’ comeback attempt, narrowly winning by a final score of 66-64. 

For the Bobcats, Jayden Hibbett put his scoring touch on display, continuing his stretch of strong performances to start the season. Hibbett posted a game-high 26 points to lead all scorers. The Bobcats’ nightly double-double threat Braeden McGrew fell just short of that statistical milestone, finishing the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds to go along with 5 assists.

The Battlers opted for a slightly more balanced approach offensively, had four players record double-dight scoring nights. KJ Walker paced the Battlers tallying 16 points. Jalen Knott record 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, while Coryon Rice and John Grayson both chipped in 10 points apiece.

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