Basketball

Blazers fall by 3 to MSD

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers battled back from an early deficit but came up just short in losing a 54-51 decision to Maryland School for the Deaf Thursday in a non-league boys basketball game.

The Blazers (1-1) fell behind 14-5 at the end of the first quarter but fought back to tie the game at 40 going into the final period. MSD took a five-point lead into the final minute. After they cut the margin to two with about 30 seconds left, the Blazers couldn’t take advantage of several opportunities to take the lead.

“We had the luxury of scrimmaging this team a couple weeks ago, so we knew what to expect and knew it would be a hard-fought battle,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “The first quarter didn’t go our way, and I think our guys came out flat with little energy. We settled in as the game went on, but we aren’t going to win very many games if we continue to turn the ball over 24 times. We have to fix that, but I’m proud of our guys and how they fought regardless. We put ourselves in a position to win at the end, but we just didn’t execute. We’ll lick our wounds, go into practice on Monday, get better, and get ready for a three-game week.”

Nollin Egolf scored 27 points to lead the Blazers. Reece Hunsberger added 12 points and seven rebounds. Evan Statler had team-highs in rebounds with eight and blocked shots with three in addition to scoring three points. Aaron Minnier provided seven rebounds, three assists and four points, Thomas Garvin had three assists and two points, and Will Anderson scored three points.