HURRICANE, W.Va. — A weekend worth celebrating.
The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team evened its season record to .500 with a pair of wins Friday and Saturday at the 2013 Calvary Classic held at Calvary Baptist Academy in Putnam County.
The Defenders (3-3) shot at least 43 percent from the field in each game, as OVCS scored a 52-34 decision over host CBA in the opening round Friday before earning a 61-43 victory over Teays Valley Christian in the championship game Saturday afternoon. Ohio Valley Christian also held both opponents to under 36 percent from the floor in both triumphs.
OVCS shot 47 percent from the floor against host Calvary, which included a 6-of-12 effort in the opening quarter while establishing a 13-2 advantage. Both teams traded 15 points apiece in the second canto, allowing the Defenders to take a 28-17 edge into the intermission.
Ohio Valley Christian kept that momentum going into the second half, as the guests used a 16-10 spurt to gain a 44-27 lead headed into the finale. OVCS closed regulation with an 8-7 run to wrap up the 18-point victory.
T.G. Miller led the Defenders — who went 22-of-47 overall from the field — with a game-high 27 points. Marshall Hood was next with 12 points, followed by Danny Ballantyne and Austin Ragan with four markers apiece.
Dillon Ragan chipped in three points to the winning cause, while Evan Bowman rounded out the scoring with two markers. OVCS was 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50 percent and also went 0-for-5 from three-point range.
CBA connected on just 13-of-38 shot attempts in the setback for 34 percent, including a 2-of-13 effort from behind the arc for 15 percent. The hosts were also 6-of-12 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Trent Spears paced Calvary with 17 points, followed by Zach Spears and Julian Fleshman with seven markers apiece. Mitchell Harmon rounded out the scoring with three points.
The Defenders did not start nearly as well in the championship game, making just 1-of-12 field goal attempts in the first quarter en route to a 15-5 deficit against TVCS. OVCS, however, responded by shooting 54 percent from the floor the rest of the way.
Ohio Valley Christian made a 16-11 run in the second quarter to pull to within 26-21 at the break, then made a 17-7 surge in the third period to secure a 38-33 edge headed into the finale. The Blue and Gold closed regulation with a 23-10 charge to wrap up their second straight 18-point win in as many nights.
OVCS connected on 21-of-49 shot attempts for 43 percent, including a 2-of-4 effort from three-point range for 50 percent. The guests also went 17-of-29 at the free throw line for 63 percent.
Miller led the Defenders with a game-high 23 points, followed by Hood with 22 points and Phil Hollingshead with six markers. Bowman also chipped in five points to the winning cause.
Austin Ragan and Danny Reed each contributed two points for OVCS, while Dillon Ragan rounded things out with one marker.
TVCS made 15-of-42 shot attempts for 36 percent, including a 3-of-13 effort from behind the arc for 23 percent. The hosts were also 10-of-14 at the charity stripe for 71 percent.
Vlad Novak paced Teays Valley Christian with 10 points, followed by Jace Heller with eight markers. Parker D’Antoni and Zach Moore also chipped in seven points apiece during the setback.