Petrovic scores 28 as ‘Cats get past Battlers, 84-71

Luka Petrovic (23) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats scored a game-high 28 points and dished out nine assists against the Alderson Broaddus Battlers Monday afternoon in Rockefeller Center. The Bobcats beat the Battlers, 84-71, to improve to 5-6 on the season

BUCKHANNON – Luka Petrovic lit up the scoreboard with 28 points and dished out nine assists as the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats ended a three-game losing streak with an 84-71 victory over the visiting Alderson Broaddus Battlers Monday afternoon at Rockefeller Center.

“I thought Luka played an excellent game,” remarked West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Jack Meriwether. “He did a great job in letting the game come to him. We were very patient and deliberate offensively and that starts with him.”

Wesleyan had a terrific shooting night hitting on 52.9 percent of their shots (27-for-51) and 50.0 percent from the three-point arc (14-for-28).

“When we commit ourselves to holding out for good shots we are a very difficult team to defend and I think we showed that on Monday,” Meriwether stated. “Alderson Broaddus is one of the best defensive teams on our schedule and they are as well coached as anyone in the country, but our guys really locked in to how we play and stayed disciplined through the entire game.”

The Battlers took an early 7-3 lead but Adam Horton connected on a 3-pointer and then dropped in a free throw to make it a 7-7- game with 3:33 gone.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth over the next 12 minutes as the Battlers held a 30-28 lead with 4:40 left in the first half.

Horton uncorked another trey and Dusan Vicentic bombed in a 3-pointer as Wesleyan grabbed a 34-30 advantage with 3:28 left.

The Battlers tied the game at the half at 36-36.

With Alderson Broaddus holding a 45-44 lead five minutes in, Petrovic fired in a 3-pointer and after a pair of free throws by the Battlers, Petrovic nailed another trey to treat Wesleyan to a 50-47 advantage.

The Bobcats owned a 55-52 lead when they began to pull away with an 8-0 run.

Jalen Melvin flipped a foul shot, Marcus Larsson scored a lay-up, Clay Todd fired in a trey and then came back and downed two free throws during the run.

That gave Wesleyan a 63-52 lead with 10:36 remaining.

An 8-0 run by the Battlers made it a 63-60 contest, but Vicentic swished in a 3-pointer to put the Bobcats back ahead by six, at 66-60, with 6:51 left.

Alderson Broaddus though could never get any closer.

The Battlers closed it to seven, at 72-65, but Petrovic fired in another trey to make it a double-digit lead at 10, at 75-65, with 1:52 left.

Wesleyan closed out the game on a 9-5 run.

Following Petrovic in the scoring column was Vicentic who came off the bench to score 17.

Todd tallied 14 points and Fred Brondsted scored 12.

The loss dropped Alderson Broaddus to 5-6 on the season.

Wesleyan improved to 5-6 overall.

“It is great to get back on the right side of the win/loss column,” Meriwether concluded. “Going into Christmas, we had been pretty banged up and a lot of our depth comes from our freshmen. We are really hopeful coming out of that break that we are going to stay healthy and make a serious run once we get back into conference play.”

The Alderson Broaddus game was the last non-conference game for Meriwether and his ‘Cats.

They will return to action Thursday when they visit Urbana for a 7:30 p.m. Mountain East Conference game.

The boxscore:

Alderson Broaddus          36  35 – 71

West Virginia Wesleyan  36  48 – 84

Alderson Broaddus 71

Tyler Golphin 8-13 2-2 20, Brandon Simmons 8-14 3-3 19, Malik Bocook 2-5 2-2 6, Mike Davis 1-5 3-4 5, David Shriver 0-4 0-0 0, Bryan Polanco 5-9 1-2 12, Dalen Solomon 1-1 2-2 4, Coye Campbell 1-1 0-0 3, Cleveland Horton 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-53 13-15 71.

West Virginia Wesleyan 84

Luka Petrovic 10-14 5-7 28, Clay Todd 3-9 7-8 14, Fred Brondsted 4-10 0-1 12, Adam Horton 2-2 1-1 7, Jalen Melvin 1-3 1-2 4, Dusan Vicentic 6-9 2-2 17, Marcus Larsson 1-2 0-0 2, Dedan Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Edward Flohr 0-1 0-0 0, Braeden McGrew 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 16-21 84.

Three-point goals – Alderson Broaddus: Golphin 2-3, Polanco 1-1, Campbell 1-1, Davis 0-2, Shriver 0-3. Totals 4-10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 4-8, Petorvic 3-5, Vicentic 3-5, Horton 2-2, Melvin 1-1, Todd 1-5, Larsson 0-1, Williams 0-1. Totals 14-28.

Rebounds – Alderson Broaddus: Simmons 9, Boccook 9, Polanco 6, Golphin 2, Campbell 2, Davis 1, Shriver 1, Solomon 1, team 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 5, Todd 3, Melvin 3, Petrovic 2, Horton 2, Larsson 1, Flohr 1, team 2. Totals 19.

Assists – Alderson Broaddus: Golphin 6, Simmons 3, Bocook 2, Shriver 1, Polanco 1, Campbell 1. Totals 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 9, Brondsted 4, Todd 3, Melvin 1. Totals 17.

Steals – Alderson Broaddus: Golphin 1, Davis 1 Polanco 1. Totals 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5, Todd 2, Horton 2, Brondsted 1, Vicentic 1. Totals 11.

Blocks – Alderson Broaddus: Simmons 1, Polanco 1. Totals 2; West Virginia Wesleyan: Williams 1. Totals 1.

Personal fouls – Alderson Broaddus: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan 14.

Turnovers – Alderson Broaddus: 17; West Virginia Wesleyan: 6.


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