OVCS rains in 3s in win

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — It was simply raining throughout the Ohio Valley on Tuesday.

On Monday night, however, it was raining threes for the Ohio Valley Christian School Defenders — and especially Elijah McDonald.

That’s because a pair of three-point school records fell for the OVCS boys basketball team at Covenant Christian, as the Defenders drilled 13 total three-balls en route to capturing a 77-62 victory.

In fact, those 13 threes set a team record for made three-pointers in a single game.

In addition, the sharp-shooting senior McDonald dialed in for seven trifectas — for a school record for most made threes by one individual in a single contest.

McDonald, along with fellow senior Austin Ragan, combined for 55 of OVCS’ 77 points — as fellow senior Hollis Morrison chipped in with a dozen markers.

Ragan racked up 28 points, followed right behind by McDonald’s 27.

In addition to McDonald’s seven threes on 13 attempts, Ragan and Morrison made three apiece.

Ragan (21 attempts) and McDonald (20 attempts) made 10 total field goals apiece, while Morrison made four field goals and Justin Beaver finished with two.

Beaver boasted five points, while Michael Gruber and Asher Peck with a field goal apiece — and Bryce Gruber with a free throw — rounded out the Defenders’ scoring.

The Defenders shot 44-percent from beyond the arc, attempting 29 triples altogether.

They were an even 50-percent (15-of-30) from two-point range, part of 47.5-percent (28-of-59) for the entire game.

While Ragan registered 5-of-7 free throws, the remainder of the Defenders only shot 3-of-10 from the line.

McDonald also dished out seven of the club’s 15 assists, while Ragan recorded five and Morrison managed three.

Beaver and Morrison ripped down six of the squad’s 29 rebounds, while McDonald grabbed five while making off with three steals.

Morrison made the team’s only block, as the Defenders overcame 13 turnovers while collecting 10 takeaways.

OVCS’ three-point barrage actually offset a respectable shooting night for Covenant, which was 19-of-37 from two-point range — but just 2-of-10 from three.

The hosts hurt themselves as well by sinking only 18-of-30 free throws.

OVCS, which lost at Calvary Christian 60-47 in Friday night’s season opener, evened its record to 1-1.

The Defenders’ home opener is set for Thursday night, as they entertain Cross Lanes Christian at 7:30 p.m.

The matchup will follow the girls game (at 6 p.m.) between the two teams.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs