Defenders roll past Grace, 77-40

By Bryan Walters -

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Good things come in threes.

The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team shot 65 percent from the field while picking up its third consecutive victory Monday night following a 77-40 decision over host Grace Christian School in a non-conference matchup in Cabell County.

The Defenders (9-4) had four players reach double figures as the guests sank 9-of-17 trifectas (53 percent) en route to a wire-to-wire triumph. OVCS stormed out to early leads of 6-0 and 14-2 before securing a 24-8 cushion after eight minutes of play.

The Lions kept things close in the second canto, but the Defenders ultimately made an 18-12 run to secure a 42-20 edge at the break — then OVCS made a 21-9 third period surge for a sizable 68-29 advantage entering the finale.

The guests claimed their largest lead of the night at 38 points following a Josh McDonald basket for a 72-34 contest, but GCS closed regulation on a small 6-5 run to wrap up the 37-point outcome.

The Defenders netted 26-of-40 field goal attempts and also went 16-of-20 at the free throw line for 80 percent. Grace, conversely, netted only 16-of-41 shot attempts for 39 percent and 6-of-15 charity tosses for 40 percent.

Marshall Hood led Ohio Valley Christian with a double-double effort of 24 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Austin Ragan with 17 markers. Dillon Ragan and Elijah McDonald were next with 12 points apiece, while Justin Beaver chipped in nine points.

Josh McDonald was next with two points and Andrew Sims rounded out the scoring with one point. Hood also had a team-best two blocked shots, while Beaver and Dillon Ragan each hauled in six rebounds.

Dillon Ragan also had team-highs of seven assists and two steals, while Elijah McDonald added another five assists for the victors.

OVCS returns to action Friday night when it hosts Teays Valley Christian in a boys-girls doubleheader at 6 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters