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Blazers fall in playoff at Faith

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Faith Christian outscored the Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers 18-6 in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 59-45 victory Tuesday evening in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball quarterfinal playoff game.

The Blazers (9-17) bolted to a 19-11 lead early in the second quarter, but Faith fought back to take a 27-25 lead into halftime. CVCS trailed for most of the third quarter but got within 41-39 when freshman Blaine Minnier sank a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. But the Blazers managed only one field goal in the fourth quarter as they ended their MDCC season.

Minnier led the Blazers with 17 points, while senior Jesus Pena scored 11 points and freshman Caleb Eckert added 10. For Faith, Telryn Villa slashed his way to a game-high 32 points, including 12 during the decisive fourth quarter.

In a non-league game on Friday, the Blazers defeated Bedford County CIA 53-43. Eckert led the Blazers with 19 points and fueled their 43-29 advantage on the boards with 14 rebounds. Minnier scored 13 points, including 8-for-8 from the foul line. Pena had four assists, and Eli Black came away with eight points and eight steals.

The Blazers wrap up their season next week in the NCSAA Tournament at Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Ohio.

Faith Christian 59, CV Christian 45

CV CHRISTIAN

Pena 3 4-6 11, Eckert 3 4-6 10, Minnier 5 3-4 17, Black 2 0-0 5, Statler 0 0-0 0, Vandersleen 1 0-0 2, Hott 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 11-16 45.

FAITH CHRISTIAN

Bittle 1 2-2 4, Yates 4 2-2 11, Villa 13 6-6 32, Donham 2 0-0 4, Doub 4 0-0 8. Totals 24 10-10 59.

CV Christian 17 8 14 6 – 45

Faith 11 16 14 18 – 59

3-point shots – CVCS 6 (Minnier 4, Pena, Black); FCA 1 (Yates).

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CV Christian 53, Bedford CIA 43

CV CHRISTIAN

J. Pena 3 0-0 7, Eckert 9 0-0 19, Statler 1 2-4 4, Minnier 2 8-8 13, Vandersleen 0 0-2 0, Black 3 2-3 8, Russell 0 0-0 0, Hott 0 0-0 0, Kauffeldt 0 0-0 0, E. Pena 1 0-0 2.

Bedford CIA 11 7 11 14 – 43

CV Christian 14 9 13 17 – 53

3-point shots – CVCS 3 (J. Pena, Eckert, Minnier).

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