Blazers fall to Carroll in opener

WESTMINSTER, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers were outscored 50-30 in the second half and dropped an 83-66 decision to Carroll Christian Monday evening in their non-league boys basketball season opener.

“In the second half we did not defend well enough,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “Allowing any team to score that much is unacceptable.”

The Blazers led 36-33 at halftime but Carroll Christian outscored them 22-11 in the third quarter to lead 55-47.

“I thought we played well in the first half,” Sanders said. “We were aggressive with our transition offense and attacking their zone.”

Junior Blaine Minnier led the Blazers with 25 points and 15 rebounds. He also handed out four assists. “Blaine played well tonight,” Sanders said.

Also for the Blazers, junior Caleb Eckert scored 16 points and led the team with five assists and five blocked shots. Freshman Nollin Egolf started his CVCS career by scoring 16 points and dishing off four assists.

Isaac Kauffeldt contributed six points and Ryan Winters scored three for the Blazers, who were outrebounded 33-27 and committed 11 turnovers.

For Carroll, Josiah Albaugh scored 34 points.

“Our offense can be dangerous if we push the ball like we did in the first half tonight, but the story of the game was ultimately our inability to defend,” Sanders said.