Defenders drub Sugar Creek, 65-27

By Alex Hawley -

IRONTON, Ohio — No three-point line, no problem.

The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team rolled to a 65-27 victory over host Sugar Creek Christian, in a game with only two-pointers, on Friday night in Lawrence County.

The Defenders (8-5) led by an 18-6 clip, eight minutes into play and extended their lead to 25-11, by halftime.

OVCS outscored the Eagles by a 21-to-6 clip in the third quarter, expanding the lead to 46-17 with eight minutes remaining. The Defenders capped off the 65-27 victory with a 19-to-10 fourth quarter run.

The victors were paced by Austin Ragan with a double-double effort of 23 points and 10 rebounds, to go with a team-high seven assists. Next for the Defenders was Elijah McDonald with 10 points, while Asher Peck, Arden Peck, Andrew Dubs and Justin Beaver each had six points, with Dubs pulling in 13 rebounds and Beaver dishing out five assists.

Hollis Morrison posted six points for OVCS, while Michael Gruber and Nate Dubs each added two points. Ragan also led the OVCS defense with four steals and one blocked shot.

As a team, Ohio Valley Christian finished with 52 rebounds, 20 assists, 12 steals, three rejections and 18 turnovers. Sugar Creek Christian hauled in 43 rebounds and committed 13 turnovers in the loss.

The Defenders shot 31-of-72 (43.1 percent) from the field, and 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line. Meanwhile, SCCA was 13-of-77 (16.9 percent) from the field and 1-of-4 (25 percent) from the stripe.

Nichols led the Eagles with 11 points, followed by Landrem with eight.

OVCS returns to action on Tuesday, at Wellston.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext.2100.

By Alex Hawley