Hot first quarter sends Blazers to victory

A 27-point first quarter propelled the Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers to a 76-59 victory over Shenandoah Valley Thursday evening in a non-league boys basketball game.

“I thought we put four really good quarters together tonight,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “We came out hot with 27 in the first quarter and then kind of blew it wide open at the start of the third with our 3-point shooting.”

Blaine Minnier scored 30 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave him 23 points in the first half, as the Blazers roared to a 46-27 halftime lead. They led by as many as 27 in the third quarter.

Caleb Eckert scored 24 points and Nollin Egolf added 16. Ryan Winters and Isaac Kauffeldt scored three points apiece.

“Blaine had a tremendous shooting night, and Caleb and Nollin were able to have strong games as well,” Sanders said.

The Blazers (7-1) also enjoyed a 44-34 advantage on the boards as Eckert and Minnier finished with double-doubles. Eckert had 16 rebounds and six assists, and Minnier grabbed 10 rebounds. Egolf added seven rebounds.

The Blazers host Heritage Academy for Homecoming Friday evening.

“Now we’ll turn our focus to a tough conference opponent tomorrow night,” Sanders said. “It should be an awesome atmosphere for Homecoming, and hopefully we bring our A game.”