CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A late-game surge lifted third-seeded Alderson-Broaddus to a hard-fought 82-69 victory over Glenville State in Thursday's West Virginia Conference men's quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center.
A-B trailed 56-55 with 8:11 left in the contest, but the Battlers reeled off 13 straight points in the next 3 minutes and took control.
Senior guard Casey Ainslie triggered the surge when he scored on a baseline drive, was fouled and converted the free throw. Glenville, which had shown good offensive discipline up to then, started hoisting up poor shots and missing them badly.
A-B converted five straight Pioneer misses into 10 more unanswered points. The Battlers' Bilal Ali canned a 3-pointer from the right wing to give A-B a 68-56 advantage with 5:03 remaining, and Glenville got no closer than seven points after that.
"Give our seniors credit," Battlers head coach Greg Zimmerman said after the game. "Down the stretch, Roy [Brown], Kurklin [Bohanon] and Casey all made big plays for us. We didn't turn it over, and we made some shots - had a couple of 3s out there and got to the basket."
Despite a slow start, Bohanon, the Battlers' all-conference guard, ended up the game's high scorer with 29 points - a performance that drew Zimmerman's praise.
"[Bohanon] struggled for about 30 minutes, but the last 10 minutes he was the old Duke we know," Zimmerman said. "[He] made big shots, got big rebounds, got steals, got in the open floor and hit some big 3s. That's what your all-conference guys are supposed to do."
Ainslie added 15 points for the Battlers, who improved to 20-8. Roy Brown and Adam Kline were A-B's other double-figure scorers with 12 apiece.
Zimmerman said senior leadership made the difference late in the game. A-B had three seniors on the floor - Ainslie, Bohanon and Brown - while Glenville had none.
"[Glenville is] very athletic," Zimmerman said. "We've had three tough games with them. [Glenville coach Stephen Dye] has a really nice bunch of kids coming. They're going to be really good in [the Mountain East] conference the next couple of years."