OVCS rallies past Eagles, 57-51

Bryan Walters

February 17, 2014

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — A 37-22 second half surge allowed the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team to rally back from a three-possession halftime deficit en route to a 57-51 road victory over Elk Valley Christian in a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.

The Defenders (10-10) trailed 29-20 at the break, but the guests rode the hot hand of T.G. Miller down the stretch — as the senior went 9-of-11 from the field in the second half, sparking the 15-point swing that ultimately resulted in a six-point triumph.

The Eagles (12-9) jumped out to an 18-8 advantage after eight minutes of play, but OVCS countered with a small 12-11 second quarter spurt to close the halftime gap down to nine.

Miller scored 14 of the Defenders’ 15 points in the third canto, which allowed the guests to make a 15-11 run while trimming the deficit down to 40-35 headed into the finale. Ohio Valley Christian ended regulation with a 22-11 charge to complete the comeback.

The Defenders made 22-of-48 field goal attempts for 46 percent, including a 2-of-7 effort from behind the three-point line for 29 percent. The guests were also 11-of-19 at the free throw line for 58 percent, including a 6-of-9 effort in the fourth period.

T.G. Miller scored a game-high 28 points for OVCS, with 20 of those coming after the intermission. Miller also hit his last eight field goal attempts and finished the night 13-of-18 overall.

Marshall Hood was next with 12 points, followed by Elijah McDonald with eight markers — including a pair of big trifectas in the fourth. Evan Bowman also chipped in seven fourth quarter points to the winning cause, while Danny Ballentyne rounded out the scoring with two markers.

The Eagles made 19-of-60 shot attempts for 32 percent, including a 3-of-21 effort from behind the arc for 14 percent. The hosts were also 10-of-21 at the charity stripe for 48 percent.

Trey Suttle led EVCS with 24 points, followed by Jordan Elkins with 14 points and Bert French with six markers.