CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Too little, too late.
The Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team scored 21 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s Ohio Christian School Athletic Association consolation game, but it wasn’t enough as Kingsway Christian took the 63-50 victory.
The Eagles took the early momentum with a 14-to-9 run in the opening period, and followed with a 20-to-9 run in the second. Kingsway Christian shot 63.2 percent in the first half and led 34-18 at halftime, while Ohio Valley Christian (14-10) shot 44.4 percent.
The Eagles added one more to their lead in the third period with a 12-to-11 spurt. OVCS trailed 46-to-29 headed into the finale, but marked 21 points over the final eight minutes. KCS scored 17 in the fourth and claimed the 63-50 victory and third place in the state.
The Defenders were led by T.G. Miller with 30 points, followed by Chance Burleson with 13. Evan Bowman marked three points, while Richard Bowman and Phil Hollingshead each had two.
As a team the Defenders shot 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) from the free throw line and 17-of-37 (45.9 percent) from the field, including 3-of-5 (60 percent) from beyond the arc. Miller accounted for a pair of OVCS triples, while Evan Bowman had the other. Ohio Valley Christian turned the ball over seven times in the game, while forcing 10.
Devin Bodager led the Eagles with 26 points in the triumph, followed by Isaac Steiner and David Hargrave with 12 apiece. Aaron Pfahler marked seven points, while Peyton Gentry added six to round out the KCS scoring.
The Eagles shot 21-of-34 (61.8 percent) from the free throw line, 20-of-38 (52.6 percent) from the field and 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Defenders finish fourth in the OCSAA state. This marks the final game for OVCS seniors Chance Burleson, Richard Bowman and Lukas Wells.