‘Cat rally comes up short against Davis & Elkins in 83-76 setback


ELKINS – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats almost pulled off an improbably comeback in their road contest with Davis & Elkins Senators Saturday evening in a Mountain East Conference contest.

The Bobcats trailed by 18 points with 8:47 remaining in the game but whittled it down to just one point, at 77-76, following a three-pointer by Daylin Lee with 45 seconds remaining.

The ‘Cats couldn’t get grab the lead as Davis & Elkins scored the final six points of the game, all at the free throw line, to hold on for a seven-point win.

The game also marked the return of current Bobcat coach Nick Patella to his old stomping grounds at the McDonnell Center.

Patella was the head coach of Davis & Elkins from 2015 until last season before being named the head coach at Wesleyan this year.

It was the first time the two teams had met on the basketball court since 2016.

The loss ruined another solid performance from senior forward Dusan Vicentic who scored a game-high 29 points and collected a game-high 12 rebounds. He has averaged 31.5 points per game over his last two outings.

The game couldn’t have started out any worse for the ‘Cats as they trailed by a 7-0 score with three minutes elapsed.

Vicentic finally put the ‘Cats on the board at the 17:03 mark with a lay-up in the paint.

Davis & Elkins built their lead up to 10 points, at 14-4, over the next minute.

Down 15-6, the Bobcats went on a 7-0 run capped by a jumper in the paint from Luka Petrovic to cut the margin to just two, at 15-13, with 12 minutes left in the first half.

Another jumper by Petrovic kept Wesleyan down by just four, at 27-23, with eight minutes to go in the first half.

The Senators closed the half on a 17-9 run taking a 44-32 lead at the break.

A jumper by Vicentic brought the deficit back down to single digits at nine, at 47-38, with 16:56 left in the game.

Over the next eight minutes, Davis & Elkins outscored Wesleyan by a 19-10 margin for that 18-point lead, at 66-48, with 8:47 remaining.

Wesleyan mounted their comeback with a 6-0 run behind a free throw from Vicentic, a three-pointer from Garcia and a jumper in the paint from Petrovic to narrow the gap to 12, at 66-54, with eight minutes left.

A three-pointer by Davis & Elkins’ Elliot White put it back to a 15-point game, at 69-54, but Wesleyan answered by scoring nine straight points.

Garcia went inside for a lay-up, Clay Todd made an outside jumper, Petrovic uncorked a three-pointer and Todd came back with two free throws during the run to make it 69-63 contest with 5:51 remaining.

Davis & Elkins pushed the lead back to 10, at 77-67, but Wesleyan again answered with another 9-0 run.

Garcia knocked down two free throws, Lee added two more free throws, Todd scored an inside basket and Lee drilled a huge three-pointer with 45 seconds to make it a one-point game in favor of the Senators, at 77-76.

A quick foul put Davis & Elkins’ Mandela Baledrokadroka at the line where he made both of them, and after a Bobcat turnover and foul, Donte Doleman made two more free throws for the Senators to give them an 81-76 lead with 21 seconds left.

The Bobcat turned the ball over again on their next possession and were forced to foul Patrick Wilburn with eight seconds left.

He sank both shots and ended the Wesleyan rally as the Senators went up by seven points.

Petrovic was the only other Bobcat to reach double digits as he scored 16.

Doleman led the Senators with 21 points while Erkam Kiris had 17.

Davis & Elkins improved to 6-12 overall and 4-8 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 6-12 overall and 5-7 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will look to end a three-game skid when they visit Wheeling University Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. conference start.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  32  44 – 76

Davis & Elkins                   44  39 – 83

West Virginia Wesleyan 76

Dusan Vicentic 11-18 7-8 29; Luka Petrovic 7-13 0-0 16; Clay Todd 3-4 2-2 9; Daylin Lee 3-6 2-2 9; Anthony Garcia 3-4 2-2 9; Ross Young 1-2 0-0 2; Jaylin Reed 0-1 2-2 2; Tommie Pope 0-2 0-0 0; Marcus Larsson 0-2 0-0 0; Marcus Larsson 0-2 0-0 0; Braeden McGrew 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 28-58 15-16 76.

Davis & Elkins 83

Donte Doleman 6-11 6-11 21; Erkam Kiris 7-10 1-2 17; Patrick Wilburn 4-9 6-7 14; Myles Monroe 4-7 0-0 10; Elliot White 3-6 0-0 9; Mandela Baledrokadroka 1-4 4-4 6; Tyler Twyman 2-3 0-0 6; Emre Yildrim 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 17-24 83.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2-7; Lee 1-3; Todd 1-1; Garcia 1-1; Pope 0-1; Vicentic 0-2; Larsson 0-2; McGrew 0-5. Totals 5-22; Davis & Elkins:

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 12; Petrovic 8; Pope 4; team 4; Garcia 3; Todd 2; Lee 2; McGrew 2; Young 1; Reed 1. Totals 39; Davis & Elkins: Monroe 5; Doleman 4; White 3; Twyman 3; Wilburn 2; Yildrim 2; team 2; Kiris 1; Baledrokadroka 1. Totals 23.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 5; Petrovic 4; Todd 3; McGrew 3; Garcia 1. Totals 16; Davis & Elkins: Baledrokadroka 6; Yildrim 5; White 2; Doleman 1; Kiris 1; Monroe 1. Totals 16.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Vicentic 1; Petrovic 1; Lee 1; Garcia 1. Totals 6; Davis & Elkins: Wilburn 6; Baledrokadroka 2; Yildrim 2; Kiris 1. Totals 11.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Lee 1. Totals 3; Davis & Elkins: Kiris 1; Monroe 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Davis & Elkins: 15.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 21: Davis & Elkins: 19

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