GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team shot 43 percent from the field while claiming its second consecutive victory of the season Tuesday night following a 50-42 decision over visiting Calvary Baptist in a non-conference matchup in the Old French City.
The Defenders (6-4) stormed out to an early 16-8 advantage and ultimately held on, as the hosts limited the Patriots (10-3) to single-digit points in three of the four periods of play. OVCS — which hit 9-of-23 shots in the first half — used a small 11-9 spurt to secure a 27-17 intermission advantage.
CBA countered with an 18-10 third quarter surge to pull within a possession at 37-35 headed into the finale, but the Defenders used a 13-7 run down the stretch to wrap up the eight-point decision. The hosts were 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.
Overall, OVCS was 19-of-44 from the field, which included a 5-of-13 effort from three-point range for 38 percent. Ohio Valley Christian was also 7-of-14 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
T.G. Miller led the hosts with a game-high 24 points, followed by Chance Burleson with 12 points and Phil Hollingshead with six markers. Richard Bowman was next with five points, while Marshall Hood and Lukas Wells respectively rounded things out with two points and one marker.
Calvary connected on 17-of-38 field goal attempts for 45 percent, including a 3-of-7 effort from three-point range for 43 percent. The hosts were also 5-of-11 at the charity stripe for 45 percent.
Trent Spears paced the Patriots with 15 points, followed by Jace Heller with 12 points and Michael Salmons with seven markers. CBA, which started the year 8-0, has now dropped two straight and three of its last five.