Blazers keep Grace at bay in 11-point win

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers used a 23-point fourth quarter to pull away from Grace Academy and earn a 65-54 victory Tuesday in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game.

The Blazers (5-5, 2-3 MDCC) led for all but a few early moments in the game, and they built leads of 21-10 at the end of the first quarter and 26-17 at the half. Grace, however, fought back to within two in the third quarter, but the Blazers went on an 8-0 run and maintained anywhere from a four- to 12-point lead the rest of the way.

“I thought we came into this game with a good mindset,” Blazers coach Austin Sanders said. “It’s not easy to change focus after losing that game on Friday in the fashion that we did (52-50 at Calvary Christian on a buzzer-beater), but I’m proud of how we practiced on Monday and came into this game with a focus on doing what it takes to win. Hopefully, we can ride this momentum through the rest of the season.”

Nollin Egolf battled through a bloody nose that kept him out a good portion of the game and wound up with 22 points and four assists. Reece Hunsberger scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and he finished with a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds.

Thomas Garvin had 14 points, three assists and three steals, Aaron Minnier scored seven points and pulled five rebounds, Josh Rudy scored a basket, and Evan Statler hit a foul shot and grabbed seven rebounds.