Basketball

Blazers’ Minnier reaches 1,000 career points in victory

Cumberland Valley Christian’s Blaine Minnier cracked the 1,000-point career scoring barrier Tuesday night, leading the Blazers to a 79-48 victory over the Frederick Warriors in a non-league boys basketball game.

Minnier, a 6-foot-3 junior, came into the game needing 28 points to reach the milestone. He topped that by one, finishing with a game-high 29 points, one shy of his season high.

“Obviously the highlight of the night was Blaine scoring his 1,000th point,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “He works really hard to be a great player and a great teammate. I’m really proud of him; he truly deserves it.”

Minnier, who has more than 150 3-pointers in 2½ seasons, reached 999 points by hitting a trey in the third quarter, ironically his only 3-pointer of the night. He eclipsed the 1,000-point mark with a layup on a feed from fellow junior and 1,000-point scorer Caleb Eckert, who passed the milestone exactly a week ago.

“It’s the first time two juniors have scored their 1,000th point in the same year in school history,” Sanders said.

Minnier made 10 field goals and was 6-for-8 from the line, and he grabbed eight rebounds and handed out a pair of assists.

Eckert provided 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots for the Blazers (11-2), who have won four straight games.

Freshman Nollin Egolf scored 15 points, made four steals and dished off three assists. Ryan Winters added five points and five rebounds. Isaac Kauffeldt scored four points, and Josh Rowe contributed a basket.

The Blazers led early, going up 22-14 at the end of the first quarter as Minnier scored 11 points and Eckert added seven. The Blazers grabbed the game by the throat with a 30-point second quarter to lead 52-22 at halftime. Egolf scored 11 points and Eckert nine in the quarter. The Blazers led 77-32 after three as Minnier finished his night with 13 third-quarter points.

“Our goal tonight was to control tempo for the entirety of the game,” Sanders said. “We came out a little sluggish in the first but turned things around in the second. We let our defense create our offense tonight, and the guys executed well by putting the ball in the basket.”

The Blazers dominated the boards, 38-16.

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Cumberland Valley Christian’s Blaine Minnier goes up for his 1,000th career point Tuesday evening in the Blazers’ victory over the Frederick Warriors.