Monday, March 9, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Falls to Alderson-Broaddus in G-MAC Title Game Again

Alderson-Broaddus 50
Kentucky Wesleyan 47

Final from Philippi, West Virginia

Great Midwest Athletic Conference - Championship

Game recap by KWC:

Alderson-Broaddus did it again to Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Battlers withstood a furious late-game comeback by the Panthers, but held on for a 50-47 victory in the championship game of the men's Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi, West Virginia.

It's the second consecutive year the Battlers defeated KWC in the title game at Philippi, and Alderson-Broaddus has won five of the six meetings between the teams since Kentucky Wesleyan began basketball championship competition in the G-MAC in 2013-14.

"Our guys fought, but it is what it is," KWC coach Happy Osborne said. "This is a tough place to play, and I give them all the credit — it was a real slug fest.

"We've just got to gather ourselves. We've got to re-load and get after it again. This is a tough way to go out, but we have a lot to look forward to as we move ahead."

Alderson-Broaddus (22-7) led 46-34 with 8:46 to play, but the Panthers went on a 13-2 run over the next eight minutes — pulling within 48-47 on a tip-in by Devin Langford with just over a minute to play.

The score was the same with 15 seconds to play when Wesleyan (22-8) turned the ball over on an inbounds lob attempt to Langford.

The Battlers' Ali Bilal was fouled with 12 seconds to play, and he made both ends of the one-and-bonus free-throw opportunity to put the tournament hosts on top by three.

KWC sophomore guard Ken-Jah Bosley missed a pair of 3-point shots in the final seven seconds, and the Battlers escaped with their second consecutive G-MAC tournament title.

"We need to get this (G-MAC Tournament) to the Sportscenter," Osborne said. "We're making some steps in the right direction, and there's going to be a day when we get this done."

Point guard Marcus Fillyaw paced Wesleyan with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Langford produced 12 points and 11 rebounds — seven at the offensive end. Tre Boutilier added 11 points and five rebounds.

Bosley, who has been nursing a high ankle sprain, was limited to only six points on 2-of-9 shooting, including 0-5 from 3-point range. It was only the second time all season that Bosley failed to reach the double-digit scoring column.

G-MAC Player of the Year Malcolm Tatum made 7-of-11 floor shots and led Alderson-Broaddus with a game-high 21 points — 18 coming in the first half. Bilal added 13 points.

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