The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers prepared for their stretch run by claiming two tough recent boys basketball victories.
The Blazers (10-3) defeated Frederick Christian 64-44 and Scotland Prep 79-77.
“These were two really good non-conference wins for us,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “I think we learned a lot about ourselves, especially in the Scotland game. I think we did pretty well situationally in that game, and Nollin (Egolf) did a great job of closing the game out with his offense. Even though it can be stressful, it’s good to play in close games as it prepares us for late-season games that could end in the same way.”
Against Frederick Christian, the Blazers led only 32-31 at the half but held Frederick to 13 points in the second half.
Blaine Minnier and Caleb Eckert each scored 22 points to lead the Blazers. Minnier and Eckert also finished with double-doubles, Minnier grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds and Eckert right behind with 11. Eckert also handed out five assists.
Egolf scored 14 points and dealt off six assists. Ryan Winters scored four points and Isaac Kauffeldt added two.
In the Scotland game, Egolf caught fire in the second half and finished with 31 points. He was 10-of-13 from the foul line, including the pair that sealed the victory by giving the Blazers a four-point lead with seven seconds left. He also handed out six assists.
Eckert scored 29 points, grabbed 23 rebounds, blocked five shots and contributed five assists. Minnier scored 10 points and added three assists. Kauffeldt scored five points, while Winters and Josh Rowe each added two.