PHILIPPI - With five regular-season games remaining, Alderson Broaddus is entering a key stretch in its bid to capture a G-MAC title.
The Battlers (15-5, 8-1 G-MAC) currently trail Kentucky Wesleyan (16-7, 9-1) atop the standings and will play its next two games on the road - at Salem International University this evening and Saturday at Ohio Valley University.
"Those two games are very important for us," AB coach Greg Zimmerman said. "Salem is very talented and has two big kids and guards that can score, and Ohio Valley always seems to play us tough.
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Alderson Broaddus’ Richard Lemon (15) battles for a rebound during a recent game. Lemon is averaging 11.2 points for the Battlers, who visit Salem International today for a G-MAC contest.
"We will definitely have our work cut out for us."
Zimmerman said his team has adapted to its first year in the G-MAC.
"I think the travel has been the tough part," he said. "But basketball is basketball. We've played different teams at some different venues. We're getting set for our second round of league games, so we'll see what happens."
AB has just one senior on the roster, Adam Kline, who has emerged as one of the top all-around players in the league.
"Adam has had a fantastic season," Zimmerman said. "He really got off to a good start and has been a great leader for our young players."
Kline, a forward, is averaging 14.2 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Tatum tops the Battlers in scoring, followed by Kline, Thylas Perkins (12.0) and Richard Lemon (11.2), who has picked up his scoring over the past several weeks.
"It took Richard a while to get going, but he has gotten better the last couple of games."
The Battlers will conclude regular-season play with three straight home games, including a showdown against Kentucky Wesleyan on Feb. 22, before visiting rival Davis &?Elkins in the finale.
The Senators, meanwhile, are 11-10 overall and are fifth in the league with a 3-6 mark. D&E will visit Ohio Valley at 7:30 p.m. today.