Blazers rack up pair of victories

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers fell behind early but then roared back to claim a 70-48 victory at Calvary Christian Friday evening in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

The Blazers (5-3, 3-1 MDCC) started sluggishly and trailed 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. However, they quickly erased the deficit early in the second quarter and outscored Calvary by 30 points over the final three periods.

“We had a tough first quarter in the Calvary game,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said, “but we did a good job of adjusting and turning things around with our defense and transition offense.”

Caleb Eckert continued his torrid scoring stretch, netting 42 points and shooting 16-of-21 from the field. He also grabbed 23 rebounds, handed out five assists and blocked five shots.

“Caleb’s consistent play is huge for us right now, and I love how we are sharing the basketball and getting the best shot in the possession,” Sanders said.

Nollin Egolf scored 13 points for the Blazers, and Blaine Minnier added nine points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring were Isaac Kauffeldt with four points and Ryan Winters with two.

On Saturday, the Blazers defeated the Frederick Force 81-37 in a non-league game.

Eckert led the scoring with 37 points, giving him 157 points in a four-game string. He also pulled down 18 rebounds, delivered nine assists and made five steals.

Egolf scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out eight assists. Minnier scored 14 points and pulled nine rebounds. Kauffeldt had eight points and four steals, and Winters contributed nine rebounds and four points.

“This was a solid two games for us as we push through this busy January,” Sanders said. “We are looking to carry this momentum with some tough games coming up and just trying to improve each day.”

On Tuesday, the Blazers lost a 70-23 decision to powerful Springdale Prep, one of the top-ranked schools in Maryland. Springdale built a 48-13 halftime lead and coasted from there.