CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — It’s always a plus to end the season on a win.
The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team earned a 37-31 victory over Emmanuel Christian on Saturday afternoon to earn third place in the OCSAA tournament and cap off a 15-11 season.
OVCS held the Warriors to just four points over the opening eight minutes and claimed the seven point lead. The Toledo natives connected on a trio of three-pointers in the second period as they trimmed the deficit to 16-14 at halftime.
The Defenders were able to double their lead in the slow paced third quarter and held a 22-18 advantage headed into the finale. Ohio Valley Christian made 17 trips to the free throw line in the fourth period, connecting on nine of the attempts to help secure the 37-31 triumph.
T.G. Miller led the Blue and Gold with 10 points, followed by Elijah McDonald and and Austin Ragan with six apiece. Evan Bowman had five points, Marshall Hood added four, while Phil Hollingshead, Dillon Ragan and Danny Ballantyne each finished with two points in the win.
The Defenders shot 11-of-33 (33 percent) from the field, 4-of-15 (27 percent) from three point range and 11-of-23 (48 percent) from the free throw line.
The Warriors were led by Jordan Farley with 12 points, Aaron Scheiderer with six and the duo of Adam Regnier and Phillip Parmelee with five apiece. Nate Creech rounded out the ECS scoring with three points on the night.
Emmanuel Christian shot 12-of-34 (35 percent) from the field, 5-of-11 (45 percent) from beyond the arc and 2-of-6 (33 percent) from the free throw line.
This marks the final game for OVCS seniors T.G. Miller, Danny Reed and Logan Edmonds, as well as ECS seniors Phillip Parmelee, William Higgins and Nate Creech.
The OCSAA state championship was won by Cincinnati’s Miami Valley Christian Academy, which defeated North Eaton’s Christian Community School, Saturday night.