Basketball

Eckert notches 1,000th career point as Blazers rout Grace

Cumberland Valley Christian’s Caleb Eckert broke the 1,000-point career scoring barrier Tuesday night, leading the Blazers to a 60-37 victory over Grace Academy in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

Eckert, a 6-foot-6 junior, needed three points coming into the contest, and he scored his 1,000th point on a free throw to give the Blazers a 5-2 lead early in the game. He scored his 1,000th on the same night his cousin, Kyleigh Teal, scored her 1,000th career point in the Blazer girls’ victory over Grace.

“Really proud of Caleb,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “He puts so much work into basketball, and it’s great to see him accomplish this goal. The great thing about Caleb is that he wants to win more than anything and he puts the team first. He’s a special player, but more importantly a special young leader.”

Eckert wound up with 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blazers in both categories. He also handed out four assists and made three steals.

Blaine Minnier also contributed a double-double for the Blazers, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to go along with his three assists. Nollin Egolf added 11 points and three steals.

Also for the Blazers (8-2, 3-1 MDCC), Isaac Kauffeldt scored five points, Aaron Minnier three, Ryan Winters two and Kenneth Hott one.

Grace scored the game’s first two points, but by the end of the first quarter, the Blazers were up 28-4. They led 49-9 early in the third quarter, forcing a running clock for the rest of the game.

“We were able to come out and get an early lead tonight, which allowed us to control the game like we wanted,” Sanders said.

The Blazers won the JV game, 52-32.

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Cumberland Valley Christian’s Caleb Eckert sinks a free throw for his 1,000th career point Tuesday evening.