GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — When you’re hot, you’re hot.
Visiting Wesley Christian Academy hit 10 trifectas and shot an astounding 78 percent from the field Friday night during a 77-37 victory over the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in the Old French City.
The host Defenders (6-5) had their two-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt, as the Eagles (17-5) made all but nine field goal attempts in the contest while scoring at least 16 points in each of the four periods of play.
WCA stormed out to a 24-13 lead after eight minutes of play and never looked back, as the guests followed with a 16-7 second quarter run to establish a commanding 40-20 intermission advantage.
The Eagles made 17-of-22 shot attempts in the opening 16 minutes, including a superb 6-of-8 effort from three-point range. OVCS, conversely, sank 8-of-22 shot attempts in the first half, including a 1-for-5 effort from behind the arc.
The hosts were never within striking distance the rest of the way, as Wesley Christian opened the second half with a 16-11 run to secure a 56-31 lead headed into the finale. The guests closed regulation with a 21-6 surge — which included a perfect 9-of-9 effort from the field — to wrap up the 40-point outcome.
The Defenders connected on 15-of-45 shot attempts overall for 33 percent, including a 1-of-9 effort from beyond the arc for 11 percent. The hosts were also 6-of-11 at the free throw line for 55 percent.
T.G. Miller led Ohio Valley Christian with 16 points, followed by Chance Burleson with 11 points and Phil Hollingshead with four markers. Evan Bowman and Marshall Hood respectively added three and two points, while Richard Bowman rounded out the scoring with one marker.
WCA sank 32-of-41 field goal tries overall, including a 10-of-15 effort from three-point territory for 67 percent. The guests were also 3-of-5 at the charity stripe for 60 percent.
Colton Caldwell paced the Eagles with seven trifectas and a game-high 25 points, followed by Joshua Amuzu with 16 points and Dishawn Thompson with 14 markers. Stephen Goble also had eight points for the victors.