Basketball

Blazers thump New Life, 71-37

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers engineered a pair of 25-point quarters and routed New Life Christian 71-37 Friday evening in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

“This was a good win,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “New Life is a top-four team in our league, and I’m sure we’ll see them again come tournament time.”

The Blazers (15-2, 8-1 MDCC) took command early, charging to a 25-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. They led 40-19 at halftime and then eliminated any doubt about the outcome by outscoring New Life 25-5 in the third period to build a 41-point bulge, 65-24.

“We as coaches have been challenging these guys to turn it up on defense lately,” Sanders said. “The energy and effort hadn’t been there like it should have been, but tonight, that all changed. These guys came out and played really hard defensively and, in turn, created easy opportunities for us on offense.”

Junior Blaine Minnier led the Blazers in scoring with 22 points and in rebounding with 16. He also added four assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

Junior Caleb Eckert scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with six steals and four blocked shots. Freshman Nollin Egolf scored 16 points and came away with six steals.

Also contributing for the Blazers were Isaac Kauffeldt with four points, Ryan Winters with four points, four rebounds and two assists, Aaron Minnier with three points and four rebounds, and Kenneth Hott with two points and four steals.

The Blazers dominated the boards 42-28 and forced 27 turnovers.

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Nollin Egolf puts up a shot for the Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers in their 71-37 victory over New Life Christian Friday evening.