WVWC Men’s Basketball team opens season falling to Pitts-Johnstown, 73-51

Tyler Sloane is seen in a contested shot

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) Bobcat men’s basketball team kicked off their 2022 basketball season, competing in the Pitts-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic on Friday, November 11 visiting the Pitts-Johnstown Mountain Cats.

Despite a double-double performance from freshman forward Tyler Slone, the Bobcats fell to Pitts-Johnstown with the final score reading 73-51. Sloane scored 22 points while grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. Darius Green contributed 16 points to the Bobcat offense and pulled down seven rebounds. Leading the way for WVWC was Jamal Jacobs and Slone each leading the team in assist on the night with three apiece.

The Bobcats came out hot in the first half, with Darius Green starting the game on a scoring streak. Green scored the first eight points for the Bobcats, as WVWC went up 8-4 early on the Mountain Cats. Pitts-Johnstown took a 31-20 advantage into the break, scoring the last 11 of the 16 points scored in the half.

Starting the second half, Pitts-Johnstown carried their momentum over from the first half of play, hitting three, three pointers to start the second half, stretching their lead to 40-23. The Mountain Cats ran away with the game in the second half.

The Bobcats look to grab their first win on the early 2022-2023 season, hitting the hardwood on a quick turnaround game, playing Lock Haven on Saturday, November 12 to wrap up play in the Pitts-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic. Wesleyan looks to even their record up at one and one before traveling to Moon Township, PA to play Robert Morris in an exhibition game on Tuesday, November 15.

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