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Cumberland Valley Christian completes MDCC championship sweep

February 25, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Cumberland Valley Christian School ruled the 2007 Mason Dixon Christian Conference final four basketball tournament at the Gael Center on Saturday by winning both the boys and girls championships.

The Blazers pulled out a 60-54 victory over Faith Christian Academy in the boys championship game and got a 56-42 win over Grace Academy earlier in the girls championship game.

In the boys title game, Faith (14-9) took a 54-53 lead over CVCS (21-9) with 49 seconds remaining in the game following a personal 9-2 run by Chris Apple, who hit three 3-pointers.

But Mike Kalathas answered back with a basket 15 seconds later to start a 7-0 run by CVCS to end the contest. Kalathas sank a pair of free throws with 30 seconds to go and Andrew Larson converted a three-point play with 14 seconds left to complete the scoring.

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"The kids have a lot of heart," CVCS coach Tony Kuhn said. "When Apple hit that 3-pointer to give them the lead at the end, Mike Kalathas came back and hit a big basket for us. Mike just had a big tournament week. We were getting the ball inside and scoring in the second half. Our defense has been solid all year."

Kalathas had 24 points and five assists, while Charles McBeth added 16 points and six rebounds for CVCS. Larson chipped in with eight assists and seven rebounds, while Scott Levy had six rebounds and four steals.

Apple had 24 points, H.B. Dunham had 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and Jacob Cave grabbed seven rebounds for the Falcons.

"You have got to give Cumberland Valley credit," Faith coach Brian Hobbs said. "They played a great game. We tried to get them to shoot the pressure perimeter shots, but they made them."

Joe Horner collected 23 points and 11 rebounds, Caleb Hussack added 14 points and Nathanael Raber had 11 points to help Shalom (17-7) beat New Life Christian (9-17) in the boys consolation game, 70-42.

Alex Reece scored 18 points and A.J. Anthony added 14 points for New Life.

In the girls final, Grace Academy (18-7) came back from a 10-0 deficit to CVCS (22-7) to take a 24-23 lead with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.

But the Blazers outscored the Knights 33-18 the rest of the way to win the title.

"Age-wise, we are such a young team," CVCS coach Jon Shannon said. "But the girls were much more mature tonight. They believed they could win it the whole time and they went out and proved that."

Junior point guard Miranda Payne scored 26 points and senior forward Lauren Peterson had 20 points for the Blazers.

Kelsey Shaffer had 21 rebounds and 12 points for Grace Academy. Cassie Johns had 11 rebounds, Megan Cox had 11 points and Kristin Serafini had seven rebounds.

"We get so many of our points off of the fast break, but they were able to stop that today," Grace Academy coach Diana Serafini said. "I don't think anybody thought we would finish second in the tournament after we finished eighth in the league last year."

Megan Grove had 13 points, Christina Hussack grabbed eight rebounds and Alyssa Rohrer had five assists as Shalom (14-9) earned a 34-31 victory over Heritage Academy (18-6) in the girls consolation game.

Jen King led Heritage with 13 rebounds and 10 points. Molly Holtzman had five steals and Grace Johnson had six rebounds.

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