IRONTON, Ohio — The new year is off to a good start.
The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing skid in impressive fashion Monday night following a 75-30 victory over host Sugar Creek Christian Academy in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The Defenders (7-4) shot 82 percent from the field and never trailed in the contest, as the guests stormed out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 46-18 halftime advantage. OVCS had all 10 players reach the scoring column and also led by as many 47 points before wrapping up the 45-point triumph.
Ohio Valley Christian netted 36-of-44 field goal attempts overall and also sank 3-of-5 free throw attempts for 60 percent. The guests committed only two turnovers, claimed a 21-9 edge on the glass and did not attempt a single trifecta in the contest.
Austin Ragan led OVCS with a game-high 17 points and five assists, followed by Marshall Hood and Elijah McDonald with 14 markers apiece. Justin Beaver was next with nine points, while Dillon Ragan and Josh McDonald respectively chipped in seven and four points.
Andrew Sims, Bryce Gruber, Michael Gruber and Justin Sizemore all rounded the scoring out with two points apiece. Beaver led the guests with four rebounds and four steals, while Hood added a team-best two blocked shots.
The Believers netted 15-of-34 field goal attempts for 44 percent, went 0-of-2 at the free throw line and committed 14 turnovers in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.