Defenders lose at Wayne

By Paul Boggs -

WAYNE, W. Va. — In traveling outside of Ohio, and venturing outside of fellow christian-school competition, the Defenders returned to the Buckeye State on Tuesday night with a loss.

That’s because the Ohio Valley Christian School boys basketball team, in being outscored 57-42 over the final three quarters, fell 71-62 to the Wayne County, W. Va. Pioneers.

The loss left the Defenders at an even 2-2, while Wayne won its first game following a season-opening defeat.

OVCS amassed a 20-14 advantage following the first period, but the Pioneers reversed the trend in the second stanza — winning the frame 22-13 for a 36-33 halftime edge.

The Defenders then forged a 52-52 tie after the third quarter, but Wayne won the final period 19-10 to take the nine-point victory.

Four Pioneers posted double figures — Cameron Wallace with 16, Corey Marcum with 15, Devin Hall with 14 and Tyler Perry with 12.

Justice Ramsey-Ross registered nine points for Wayne, while Benton Daniels dropped in four and Kameron Atkins added a free throw.

Three Defenders — all seniors — placed in double digits in scoring, paced by Elijah McDonald with a game-high 21 points.

Hollis Morrison mustered 18 and Austin Ragan racked up 10, while sophomore Justin Beaver chipped in seven.

Rounding out the OVCS marks were Nate Dub with three, Michael Gruber with two and Andrew Dub with one.

The Defenders return home, and return to action tonight (Thursday, Dec. 15), when they host Hannan at 7:30 p.m.

The matchup will follow the girls game (at 6 p.m.) between the two teams.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs