Blazers rally for 11th straight win

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away Rosedale Baptist 70-58 Friday evening in a non-league boys basketball game.

The win was the 11th straight for the Blazers (18-2) and their third straight road victory against a tough opponent. All three were come-from-behind victories.

The Blazers fell behind early, allowing 25 first-quarter points and trailing by seven at the end of the period. They rallied to tie the game at 36 at halftime, led 52-50 at the end of three quarters and then outscored Rosedale 18-8 in the final period.

“Another slow start for us defensively,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “Rosedale will make you pay if you are lazy and unaware on defense, and that’s exactly what happened in the first quarter. Credit to our guys for making the proper adjustments at halftime and working together to figure it out.”

Nollin Egolf led the Blazers with 25 points, while Caleb Eckert posted team highs in rebounds with 20 and assists with seven in addition to scoring 19 points. Blaine Minnier added 19 points, including 10 in the last quarter, and hauled down five rebounds. Egolf grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists.

Also for the Blazers, Ryan Winters contributed six points and a team-leading three steals. Isaac Kauffeldt scored one point, and Kenneth Hott added two assists and two steals.

The Blazers host Highland View Monday evening and then travel to Faith Christian on Tuesday. A victory over Faith would give them the top seed in next week’s Mason Dixon Christian Conference playoffs.