GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A 16-5 second quarter surge ultimately made the difference for the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team Thursday night during a 57-45 victory over visiting Calvary Baptist Christian Academy in a non-conference basketball game in Gallia County.
The Defenders (9-3) trailed the Patriots (5-7) by a slim 15-14 margin after eight minutes of play, but the hosts countered with that pivotal 11-point swing to claim a 30-20 lead headed into the intermission.
Both teams managed 10 points apiece in the third canto for a 40-30 contest headed into the finale, then OVCS closed regulation with a small 17-15 run to wrap up the 12-point decision. The Defenders also claimed a season sweep with a 42-39 win at CBCA back on December 13, 2011.
Pete Carman led Ohio Valley Christian with 19 points and eight rebounds, followed by Paul Miller with 18 points and Chance Burleson with 12 markers. Miller and Burleson also recorded respective team-bests of four steals and five assists. Both Ben Tillis and T.G. Miller rounded out the scoring with four matrkers each.
Chris Spears paced the Patriots with 19 points, followed by Jake Law and Jace Heller with eight points apiece.