GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A 16-9 third quarter surge ultimately made the difference for the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team Saturday following a 61-54 victory over visiting Elk Valley Christian in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Defenders (4-3) led 14-13 after eight minutes of play, but the Eagles countered with a 12-10 run in the second canto to secure a slim 25-24 edge at the intermission.
OVCS followed with its biggest charge of the night, as the seven-point swing allowed the hosts to secure a 40-34 lead headed into the finale. The Defenders hit half of their 16 free throw attempts in the finale, which aided in a 21-20 run to close regulation for the final seven-point margin of victory.
Ohio Valley Christian connected on 19-of-43 field goal attempts for 44 percent, including a 1-of-9 effort from three-point range for 11 percent. The hosts were also 22-of-36 at the free throw line for 61 percent.
T.G. Miller and Marshall Hood each led the hosts with 25 points, followed by Evan Bowman with four points. Phil Hollingshead, Danny Ballantyne and Elijah McDonald were next with two markers apiece, while Dillon Ragan rounded things out with one point.
The guests made 19-of-40 shot attempts for 48 percent, but went just 2-of-14 from behind the arc for 14 percent. The Eagles were also 14-of-26 at the charity stripe for 54 percent.
Trey Suttle paced EVCS with 21 points, followed by Jordan Elkins with 18 points and Bert French with six markers.