OVCS gets by Grace in Covenant tourney

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Two consecutive nights, two consecutive victories.

Exactly one night after capturing a home triumph over Hannan, the Ohio Valley Christian School boys basketball team found enough fuel in the tank to win its semifinal tilt on Friday night — as part of the annual Covenant Christian Christmas Tournament.

The Defenders outscored Grace Christian 31-25 in the second half — and broke a 23-23 halftime tie to defeat the Soldiers 54-48.

OVCS outscored Grace Christian 13-9 in the opening quarter, before the Soldiers reversed course and won the second stanza 14-10.

OVCS edged the Soldiers 13-12 in the third frame, before amassing 18 points to Grace’s 13 in the final period.

With the win, the Defenders raised their record to 4-2 —and advanced to Saturday’s (Dec. 17) CCCT championship bout against Cross Lanes Christian.

The Defenders defeated CLCS inside the OVCS gym on Dec. 8, storming out to a 27-7 advantage — en route to winning 63-54.

The loss left Grace Christian with a mark of 2-3.

Hollis Morrison and Elijah McDonald paced Ohio Valley Christian with 17 and 15 points respectively, while Justin Beaver netted nine points.

Austin Ragan recorded five points, Andrew Dub dropped in four, and Nate Dub had two to round out the Defenders’ scoring.

Grace Christian was led by Adam Childers with 16 points, followed closely by Eli Foster with 11.

No other information about the contest was made available.

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

By Paul Boggs