Blazers use big 2nd quarter to rout Calvary

CRESAPTOWN, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers put together a strong second quarter to propel them to a 66-45 victory over Calvary Christian Tuesday evening in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

The Blazers (4-1, 2-0 MDCC) led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter but then exploded for 23 points in the second to go up 37-19 at halftime. They expanded the margin to 56-29 by the end of the third period.

“I’m really proud of this team and how we controlled tempo in this game,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “We wanted to come in and run our style and brand of basketball, and I believe we did it effectively.”

Freshman Nollin Egolf (10 points) and juniors Isaac Kauffeldt (seven) and Blaine Minnier (six) scored all the points in the second quarter for the Blazers as junior Caleb Eckert had to sit out with three fouls.

Minnier and Egolf each scored a team-high 20 points. Eckert added 12 and Kauffeldt scored 10. Also scoring for the Blazers was Ryan Winters with four points, along with four rebounds.

Minnier and Eckert registered their fourth double-doubles of the year, each grabbing 11 rebounds. Minnier had a team-leading four assists, and Egolf led in steals with five.

“This was a solid league win for us,” Sanders said. “That is a tough gym to play in but our guys were ready to go. We now have a bit of a break, and our goal is to stay sharp and continue to get better and closer as a team.”

The Blazers forced 17 turnovers and dominated the boards 36-17, allowing only four offensive rebounds for the second night in a row.