Defenders fall at TVCS, 66-44

Bryan Walters

December 21, 2013

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. — The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team suffered its second straight setback Friday night following a 66-44 loss to host Teays Valley Christian in a non-conference matchup in Putnam County.

The visiting Defenders (4-5) trailed 17-8 after eight minutes of play, then both teams traded eight points apiece in the second canto — allowing the Lions to claim a 25-16 advantage at the break.

TVCS followed with a 23-16 surge in the third canto to secure a 48-32 cushion headed into the finale, then finished regulation with an 18-12 run to wrap up the 22-point triumph.

OVCS connected on 13-of-48 shot attempts for 27 percent, including a 3-of-17 effort from three-point range for 18 percent. The guests were also 15-of-24 at the free throw line for 63 percent.

T.G. Miller led the Defenders with 18 points, followed by Marshall Hood with 11 markers. Dillon Ragan and Evan Bowman each contributed seven points to the losing cause, while Austin Ragan rounded things out with one marker.

The Lions made 23-of-62 field goal tries for 37 percent, including a 7-of-18 effort from behind the arc for 39 percent. The hosts were also 13-of-20 at the charity stripe for 65 percent.

Jace Heller led TVCS with a game-high 20 points, followed by Parker D’Antoni with 15 points and Zach Moore with 14 markers. Jeriah Joseph and Vlad Novak respectively rounded out the winning tally with 10 and seven points.

The Defenders defeated Teays Valley Christian earlier in the year in the championship game of the Calvary Classic by a 61-43 margin.