Blazers outlast Shalom, 42-40

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers built a big lead and then held off a Shalom Christian rally to earn a 42-40 victory Tuesday evening in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

The Blazers (9-11, 6-5 MDCC) won for the fourth straight game as they built a 23-8 lead late in the first half. They led 25-13 at halftime and led by as many as 14 in the third quarter.

“I felt like we had a strong first half where we were able to grab a good lead going into halftime,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. ”Shalom did a good job of making adjustments in the second half and slowing our offense down.”

Shalom responded with a fourth-quarter outburst and pulled even at 40-40 with under a minute left.

But Blazer sophomore Blaine Minnier broke the tie by hitting both ends of a one-and-one with under 40 seconds to play.

Minnier scored 16 points in the first half but picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and had to spend a big chunk of the second half on the sidelines. He wound up with a team-high 18 points.

Sophomore Caleb Eckert scored 16 points, secured 11 rebounds, handed out five assists and blocked four shots for the Blazers. Triston Horn, Nathan Statler, Josiah Ziebarth and Eladio Pena each scored two points for the Blazers.

“We had to go pretty deep into our bench due to foul trouble,” Sanders said, “but guys like Josiah and Eladio made big baskets when we needed them most. Ultimately we were able to make enough plays down the stretch to squeak out a win.”

For Shalom, Logan Martin scored 16 points and Elijah Lehman added nine.