GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Defenders dug themselves too deep a hole.
By falling behind 27-7 following the opening quarter, the Ohio Valley Christian School boys basketball team suffered a 70-46 loss to Calvary Baptist Academy on Tuesday night.
The visiting Patriots came out firing —making seven three-pointers as part of their 27-point first period.
From there, the Defenders played pretty much even —even tying the second stanza 13-13 and winning the third frame 14-13.
The Patriots took the final quarter 17-12 for the 70-46 final.
With the loss, OVCS slipped to 13-9 — and fell victim to a CBA season sweep.
The Patriots posted a 60-49 triumph in the Defenders’ season opener.
Calvary Baptist improved to 26-3, as Justice Hutchison poured in 23 points to pace the winners.
Luke Pauley added 18 points and Chase Taylor tallied 13 for CBA.
Three Defenders — Hollis Morrison with 13, Austin Ragan with 12 and Justin Beaver with 10 — placed in double figure scoring.
OVCS returns to action on Monday night — when it travels to Hannan for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
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