Blazers take a share of 1st from Eagles

January 30, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

It's what Cumberland Valley Christian School did before and after Heritage Academy scored three points in the third quarter that made all the difference in the outcome of their Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game Thursday night.

The Blazers opened the second half with a 9-0 run and finished the quarter with an 11-0 blast that sent the Eagles (13-3, 7-1) to a 55-44 loss, putting CVCS (15-3, 7-1) back into a first-place tie with them.

Just eight days ago, Heritage pinned a 45-39 loss on CVCS, but the Blazers turned the trick with a 3-2 zone defense that pressured Heritage into turnovers that the Eagles converted into points.

"Our offense feeds off our defense and that's what we did tonight," said CVCS coach Dan Larson. "The change to the 3-2 kept (Heritage) from getting into their halfcourt offense and made it uncomfortable for them."


Heritage took a 23-20 halftime lead when Aaron Clark drained a 3-pointer from the deep corner, and that was to be the last advantage for the Eagles.

Tyler Larson scored five points in the first run for CVCS and the second run was highlighted by a pair of scores by J.C. Watson, one off a beautiful no-look pass from Nick Bunting.

Down 40-29, Heritage cut the margin to 41-35 with 6:10 to play on another 3-pointer by Clark, but three Heritage turnovers enabled CVCS to extend back to a 48-35 margin.

"We had way too many turnovers and didn't shoot the ball well," said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. "(CVCS) did a good job on (Andrew) Hendershot. Maybe we placed too much pressure on him.

"The difference from the first game was our 3-pointers were going in," said Kidd. "We had looks and played hard."

Dan Larson estimated it had been at least four years since CVCS won a game at Heritage.

"This is a tough place to come in and win," he said.

Bunting, one of the top scorers in the Tri-State area, reached his average with a game-high 20 points. Tyler Larson added 15.

"Nick leads us but when Tyler is able to score that really gives us some balance," said Dan Larson.

Bunting started quickly with nine points in the first quarter and then cooled off, also needing a break early in the third period when he briefly became ill and headed to the lockers.

He helped seal the verdict in the final eight minutes with seven points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Andrew Harrell took scoring honors for Heritage with 17 points and Travis Barthalow added 11. Hendershot was held to one 3-pointer.

In the girls game, Heritage stormed past CVCS 70-28.

Morgan McIntire had 28 points and five steals in three quarters of play.

Jessica Gaylor had nine points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Eagles (15-2, 9-1) and Bri Dorsey had seven points and seven steals. Kendra Myers led CVCS (9-7, 5-5) with five points.

CVCS 55, Heritage Academy 44

Bunting 20, Larson 15, Sanders 5, Watson 8, Rosenbaum 5, Propst 2. Totals 22 8-12 55.
Barthalow 11, Hendershot 3, Harrell 17, Clark 8, Lowry 2, Martin 3. Totals 19 3-7 44.
CVCS 15 5 20 15 -- 55
Heritage 16 7 3 18 -- 44

3-point goals -- CVCS 3 (Larson, Bunting, Sanders); Heritage 3 (Clark 2, Hendershot).

Heritage Academy 70, CVCS 18

McHugh 3, Kipe 2, K. Myers 5, Marsh 3, Shaver 3, A. Myers 2. Totals 7 4-7 18.
McIntire 28, Dorsey 7, C. Clark 3, Re. Clarke 9, Butts 1, Ra. Clarke 4, Gaylor 9, Kidd 4, Horn 2, Ru. Clarke 2. Totals 27 15-25 70.
CVCS 7 2 4 5 -- 18
Heritage 21 20 20 9 -- 70

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