ORRVILLE, Ohio — Four wins and five celebrations. Not a bad weekend at all.
Senior Marshall Hood scored a combined 76 points to eclipse 1,000 points for his career, and the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team won four straight games to open the 2015 season while capturing the third annual Kingsway Invitational Tournament championship held at Kingsway Christian School in Wayne County.
The Defenders (4-0) had little trouble en route to their second straight Kingsway tournament title as the guests won each of their four contests by at least 16 points. OVCS defeated Reimer Road by a 64-48 margin in the opening game Friday night, then posted convincing wins over KCS (70-27) and Wood County Christian (57-39) to advance to the tournament final.
The Blue and Gold never trailed in the championship game against Christian Community, as OVCS claimed an early 24-12 lead and were ahead by as many as 36 points (62-26) late in the fourth before posting a 64-35 victory.
Hood — who also had 43 rebounds and 20 blocked shots in the four contests — eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for his career in the final against Christian Community, becoming the first OVCS boy to accomplish the feat since T.G. Miller back in 2012-13 campaign.
Ohio Valley Christian trailed 3-0 in the opening contest against Reimer Road, but then reeled off 22 of the next 25 points to secure a 22-6 advantage. The Defenders never trailed at any point in time during the rest of the two-day tournament.
Hood led OVCS with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks in the opening game, which saw the Defenders lead by as many 29 points during two different occasions in the third quarter. Elijah McDonald was next with 17 points, four assists and four steals, while Austin Ragan added 15 points and four steals in the opening night triumph.
Ohio Valley Christian outscored KCS by a 36-3 margin over the middle quarters and claimed its biggest lead of the weekend at 68-15 early in the fourth quarter. The Defenders also connected on 27-of-49 shot attempts for 55 percent, including a 10-of-20 effort from behind the arc.
McDonald led the Blue and Gold with 21 points, followed by Austin Ragan with 18 points and Dillon Ragan with 10 points. Dillon Ragan also led the way with seven assists and joined Justin Beaver with two steals each. Hood, who had only five points against the host school, led the team with 10 boards and two blocks.
OVCS led 24-19 after eight minutes and took a 34-26 edge into halftime against WCCS, then made a pivotal 9-2 third quarter run to secure a comfortable 43-28 cushion head into the finale. The Defenders led by as many as 20 points (53-33) before ultimately wrapping up the 18-point decision.
Hood led the way with 28 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, followed by Austin Ragan with 12 points and McDonald with 11 markers. Both Ragans also dished out three assists apiece in the semifinal win.
Ohio Valley Christian netted 24-of-48 shot attempts in the championship game, which included a 7-of-11 effort from behind the arc for 64 percent. The guests led 20-12 after eight minutes of play, but followed with a 37-12 surge over the next two frames to secure a 57-24 lead headed into the finale.
Austin Ragan posted a team-high 25 points in the title game, followed by Hood with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Beaver and McDonald also contributed eight and seven points respectively, while Beaver and Dillon Ragan each added five assists.
The Defenders had two players chosen to the all-tournament team, with McDonald coming away with Most Valuable Player honors. Hood was the other all-tourney selection for OVCS.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.