The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers jumped on Calvary Christian early and rolled to a 66-32 victory Thursday evening in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.
The Blazers (9-2, 4-1 MDCC) roared to a 17-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 29-9 at halftime, the second straight game in which they’ve held an opponent to single figures in the first half.
“I thought this was the first game we put four really good quarters together defensively,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “I challenged them before this game to play harder and together on the defensive end, and they accepted that challenge tonight.”
The Blazers came out after halftime and outscored the Eagles 20-7 to leave no doubt.
Juniors Blaine Minnier and Caleb Eckert put together double-doubles again for the Blazers. Minnier led in scoring with 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Eckert led in rebounds with 13 and scored 18 points. Minnier added three assists, three steals and two blocked shots, and Eckert handed out three assists and made four steals.
Also, Nollin Egolf scored 12 points and picked off three steals. Aaron Minnier added six points on a pair of 3-pointers, Ryan Winters and Isaac Kauffeldt each scored four points and Josh Rowe put in three.
The Blazers outrebounded Calvary 38-29 and forced 17 turnovers while committing only seven.
“I also loved how we shared the ball (14 team assists) and cut down on our turnovers,” Sanders said. “Having only seven turnovers is a step in the right direction.”