Blazers move closer to top MDCC seed

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Shalom Christian 52-42 last week in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

The Blazers (11-3, 7-1 MDCC) led most of the game, but Shalom came within 34-31 at the end of the third quarter when Josh Palm hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds. But the Blazers outscored the Flames 18-11 in the final period as Caleb Eckert scored 12 of his game-high 23 points.

“I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this game,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “We had been out for two weeks and had very limited practice time. It thought our offense was a little rusty and we weren’t making shots that we normally make, but our defense was good enough to get the job done.”

Eckert also pulled down 18 rebounds for the Blazers. Nollin Egolf scored 14 points and handed out five assists. Blaine Minnier added eight points and seven rebounds, Ryan Winters scored seven points, and Isaac Kauffeldt grabbed six rebounds.

Cumberland Valley Christian’s Blaine Minnier (24) and Shalom’s Blake Emge battle for possession during the Blazers’ 52-42 win.

Aiden Jones scored 14 points to lead Shalom, which stayed close by hitting eight 3-pointers.

The win moved the defending champion Blazers to securing the top seed in next week’s MDCC tournament.