1st half surge leads to win for AB men’s basketball

By Joseph Varela

The Alderson Broaddus men’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead over Salem International University on Dec. 4 and never let up. The Battlers (3-4) controlled the tempo from the first whistle and beat Salem International University (6-3) by a score of 88-63.

A commanding first-half performance had the Battlers sitting comfortable going into the locker room by dominating the Tigers 40-27. Playing with a relentless attitude, the Battlers continued to knock down shot after shot, outscoring the Tigers 48-36 in the second half.

David Shriver, a local product from Philip Barbour High school, led the Battlers with 23 points. Twenty-one of those came from beyond the three-point arc where he went 7-14. Shriver also finished three rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes of play.

Players Malik Bocook and Brandon Simmons both finished with double-doubles. Bocook scored 18 points and collected 20 rebounds to record the double-double. He also added four assists and two blocks to his stat sheet. Simmons, on the other hand, finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to complete the double-double. Simmons also added two assists, two blocks and a steal to his stat sheet.

Strong defense on the perimeter was the key to winning the game by such a large margin, which forced the Tigers to shoot a mere 8-28 from the three-point arc. On the other end of the floor, the Battlers sunk 12 three-pointers and went 12-27 beyond the arc.

The Battlers will be back in action against Davis & Elkins (1-5) college in Elkins, West Virginia on December 6 with a tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.

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