Defenders avenge CLC, 46-43

By Bryan Walters -

CROSS LANES, W.Va. — Elijah McDonald broke a 43-all tie with a late trifecta, allowing the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team to notch its fifth straight victory Tuesday night following a 46-43 decision over host Cross Lanes Christian in a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.

The Defenders (11-4) avenged a 47-42 setback to the Warriors back on December 7 in Gallipolis, but the guests had anything but an easy time getting even with CLC.

OVCS trailed 8-2 in the early moments before closing to within 11-8 after eight minutes of play, but the Defenders made their biggest push of the night in the second canto after a 17-10 surge gave the guests a 25-21 cushion at the break.

Both teams traded 14 points apiece in the third period for a 39-35 advantage headed into the finale, but the hosts answered with a 7-5 run to knot things up at 43-all with under 30 seconds remaining.

McDonald immediately countered with his game-winner for a 46-43 edge, and CLC twice missed shot attempts that could have forced overtime.

The Defenders netted 21-of-28 field goal attempts for 75 percent, including a 4-of-5 effort from behind the arc for 80 percent. The guests committed nine turnovers and also went 0-for-3 at the free throw line.

Marshall Hood led OVCS with 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, followed by Austin Ragan with 14 points and McDonald with 12 markers. McDonald added a team-best seven steals and Ragan also had five assists.

Dillon Ragan and Justin Beaver rounded out the winning tally with two points apiece. Beaver also dished out five assists for the victors.

The Warriors made 16-of-32 field goal attempts for 50 percent and were a perfect 7-of-7 from behind the arc, but the hosts also committed 14 turnovers in the setback.

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

By Bryan Walters