GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team shot 40 percent from the field and had four players reach double digits Friday night during a 61-21 victory over visiting Sidney Christian Academy in an Ohio Christian School Athletic Association Southeast Region semifinal matchup in the Old French City.
The top-seeded Defenders (9-10) never tailed in the contest, as the hosts jumped out to a 10-4 advantage after eight minutes and never looked back. OVCS followed with a 24-8 second quarter surge, allowing the Blue and Gold to secure a 34-12 advantage at the intermission.
The fourth-seeded Eagles were never closer the rest of the way, as Ohio Valley Christian went on a 17-2 surge in the third canto to claim a comfortable 51-14 cushion headed into the finale. The Defenders won the fourth by a 10-7 margin, wrapping up the 40-point triumph.
OVCS connected on 26-of-65 field goal attempts overall, including a 1-of-10 effort from three-point range for 10 percent. The hosts also made 8-of-14 free throw tries for 57 percent.
T.G. Miller and Elijah McDonald led the Defenders with 13 points apiece, followed by Marshall Hood with 11 points and Dustin Ragan with 10 markers.
Evan Bowman and Danny Ballentyne each contributed six points to the winning cause, while Phil Hollingshead rounded out the scoring with two markers.
SCA made 9-of-37 floor shots for 24 percent, including a 1-of-7 effort from behind the arc for 14 percent. The guests were also 2-of-9 at the charity stripe for 22 percent.
Isaac Abbott paced the Eagles with nine points, followed by Paul Kindig with five points and Nick Gibson with three markers.
OVCS will play the winner of the Dominion Academy-East Richland Christian contest in an OCSAA Southeast Region final next week. The date has yet to be determined.