Blazers romp past Broadfording

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers began the second quarter with a 10-0 run and went on to shock Broadfording Christian Academy 75-48 Tuesday evening in a non-league boys basketball game.

The Blazers (12-3) trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, but they took the lead at 17-15 when Nollin Egolf rebounded a missed Blazer foul shot and put in a shot for a 17-15 lead. The Blazers then went ahead 24-15 after their 10-point run.

Nollin Egolf goes up for a shot in traffic.

Blaine Minnier (24) and Caleb Eckert chase down a loose ball for the Blazers.

Caleb Eckert finishes off a dunk in the Blazers’ win.

“The second quarter was huge for us,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “We played great defense, which led to great execution on the offensive end.”

Egolf (8 points) and Caleb Eckert (6) scored all of the Blazers’ points in the first quarter. In the second period, Blaine Minnier got hot, drilling three straight 3-pointers at one point, as the Blazers outscored Broadfording 27-6 in the period to claim a stunning 41-21 advantage at halftime. Minnier and Egolf each scored 11 points in the period.

The Blazers led 60-37 at the end of three, with Minnier scoring 10 points in the period.

The closest the Lions could come was 16 points, 60-44 with 5:42 to play. But the Blazers outscored them 15-4 the rest of the way to avenge an early season loss at Broadfording.

One of the keys to the victory was the Blazers’ transition defense. In the 83-68 loss in December, Broadfording scored a high percentage of its points by beating the Blazer defense down the floor and scoring easy transition baskets. This time, however, the Blazers allowed only eight transition points.

“I was really proud of how well our guys came out and played this game,” Sanders said. “We had worked on a few things that I felt like we could have done better the first time we played them, including our transition defense. We were able to stop them from getting those easy baskets, and, in turn, it led to opportunities for us to score on the other end.”

The Blazers’ Big Three scorers – Egolf, Eckert and Minnier – each finished with more than 20 points. Egolf led with 28, Eckert dropped in 22 and Minnier scored 21. Ryan Winters added the other four points.

Eckert led with 12 rebounds, Egolf grabbed eight, Minnier pulled down six, and Isaac Kauffeldt and Winters each had four. Egolf handed out seven assists, Eckert five and Minnier three. Eckert also made eight steals.