CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Too little, too late.
The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team scored 20 fourth quarter points, but it was not enough as Elk Valley Christian held on for the 51-45 victory at Maranatha Baptist in the West Virginia’s capital city.
The Defenders (0-1) trailed by a narrow 15-14 margin after surrendering a trio of three pointers in the opening period of play Friday night. The Eagles (1-0) were able to clamp down on defense and extend their lead to three points, 25-22 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
Ohio Valley Christian went cold after the intermission and was outscored 14-to-3 in the third period. The Defenders got back on track in the finale with 20 points, but the Eagles marked 12 to seal the 51-45 victory in the season opener.
T.G. Miller paced OVCS with 12 points, followed by Marshall Hood with 11 and Danny Ballantyne with 10. Phil Hollingshead and Elijah McDonald each marked four points, while Evan Bowman and Dillon Ragan both added two points, rounding out the OVCS scoring.
Trey Sutlle led the Eagles with 20 points, followed by Jorden Elkins with 10, Noah Garceloy with eight and Luke Williams with six. Jake Shafer marked four points, followed by Bert French with three to round out the EVCS scoring.
EVCS and OVCS still have two more meetings this season, the first of which is in Gallipolis on December 14th. The final meeting between these teams this season will be on February 13th in Elkview.