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Blazers go 1-2 in Ohio tournament

MT. VERNON, Ohio – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers won their first game but dropped their final two in their season-ending NCSAA boys basketball tournament at Mount Vernon Nazarene College last weekend.

The Blazers finished their season with a 10-19 record. They defeated the Vineyard Bearcats (Ohio) 42-18 in their first-round game before falling to Rochester Rapids (N.Y.) 51-39 in the Division 4C semifinals and Medina Christian (Ohio) 58-49 in the consolation game.

Against Vineyard, freshman Blaine Minnier led the Blazers with 14 points and senior Jesus Pena added 13. Freshman Caleb Eckert pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Pena and junior Eli Black contributed four assists apiece, and Black made four steals.

The Blazers cruised to a 20-8 halftime lead and put the game away with a 15-6 advantage in the third quarter.

The Blazers trailed Rochester only 25-22 at halftime and stayed close most of the third quarter until Rochester pulled away. Pena scored 16 points and Eckert popped in 13 points and corralled eight rebounds.

Pena wrapped up his 1,000-plus-point career with a 19-point effort against Medina Christian, which led 40-38 at the end of three quarters before outscoring the Blazers 18-11 in the final period. Pena also added 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Minnier scored 15 points on five 3-pointers, and Eckert scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

CV Christian 42, Vineyard (Ohio) 18

CV CHRISTIAN

J. Pena 5 2-2 13, Eckert 1 3-6 5, Black 2 2-3 6, Statler 1 0-0 2, Minnier 5 2-2 14, Vandersleen 0 1-2 1, Russell 0 1-3 1. Totals 14 11-18 42.

CV Christian 10 10 15 7 – 42

Vineyard 3 5 6 4 – 18

3-point shots – CVCS 3 (Minnier 2, J. Pena)

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Rochester (N.Y.) 51, CV Christian 39

CV CHRISTIAN

J. Pena 7 1-2 16, Eckert 6 1-2 13, Black 2 0-0 5, Statler 0 1-2 1, Minnier 1 0-0 2, Vandersleen 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 3-6 39.

CV Christian 11 11 9 8 – 39

Rochester 10 15 11 15 – 51

3-point shots – CVCS 2 (J. Pena, Black).

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Medina (Ohio) 58, CV Christian 49

CV CHRISTIAN

J. Pena 7 3-3 19, Eckert 5 1-2 12, Black 0 1-2 1, Minnier 5 0-2 15, Vandersleen 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 5-9 49.

CV Christian 18 7 13 11 – 49

Medina 9 22 9 18 – 58

3-point shots – CVCS 8 (Minnier 5, J. Pena 2, Eckert).

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