Men’s Hoops Come Close, But Drop Home Opener

By Lauren McMillen

It was a highly anticipated day at Alderson Broaddus University for the men’s basketball team this past Saturday. 

The Battlers men’s basketball team, led by a new head coaching staff, including alumni who took over as head coach, Stephen Dye, lost their home opener against the Seton Hill Griffins on November 16 at Rex Pyles Arena. 

The Griffins came out strong and ready to soar, making 69 percent  of their three-point attempts. Alderson Broaddus also made 50 percent of their three-point attempts during the first half of the game. With the Griffins making most of the shots, it led them to a 10-point lead by the end of the first half. 

Alderson Broaddus came back with stronger offense in the second half and caught up to the Griffins. AB’s forward Troy Cantrell taking the lead, scoring 15 of his 26 points in the second half. 

The Battlers trailed by eight with 7:40 left in the game, but a three pointer from Cantrell and sophomore guard KJ Walker scoring six straight points helped the Battlers cut the lead to one, making the score 71-70. 

A foul on the shot beyond the arc sent Griffins’ top scoring guard Nathan Davis to the free throw line. Davis hit all three shots extending the Seton Hill lead 74-70. Both teams went back and forth scoring lay ups and free throws but the Griffins were able to stay on top and stretch their lead and winning the game 83-76. 

The Battlers will face West Virginia Wesleyan College at Rex Pyles Arena on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm. 

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