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Heritage, CVCS boys face showdown for MDCC title

Heritage, CVCS boys face showdown for MDCC title

February 21, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

It's right where the top two teams in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference expected to be -- in the championship game of the MDCC tournament.

Defending champion Heritage Academy dispatched New Life Christian 64-39 and Cumberland Valley Christian strolled past Faith Christian 64-26 on Friday at Goretti's Gael Center to set up the championship tilt today at 2:30 p.m.

Last season, Heritage beat CVCS for the championship to end the Blazers' two-year reign.

Heritage Academy (20-4) is not going to be dethroned as champion easily if it performs on both ends of the floor as it did in its win over New Life Christian (9-13).

The Eagles were a thorn defensively with a trap defense that led to an array of fast-break opportunities. And when Heritage got into a halfcourt situation against New Life's zone defense, the outside shooting destroyed the Rams.


Andrew Hendershot hit the first of his five 3-pointers that gave Heritage a 5-2 lead and the Eagles went on to a 27-5 lead after the first period.

"We played much better than Tuesday and had focus," said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. "We expected the zone defense, most teams usually do against us.

"We've got five guys that can shoot from the outside and sometimes you just don't have to rely on all five. Hopefully (Hendershot) saved some for Saturday."

While Hendershot's 15 points led Heritage and Travis Barthalow stepped up with 13 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots.

"(Travis) was a terror, all over the floor," said Kidd.

Andrew Harrell had 12 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Eagles.

Cumberland Valley Christian (21-4) pitched an unexpected shutout in the first quarter for a 16-0 lead.

It wasn't until 7:27 in the second quarter that Tyler Gibson scored for Faith Christian (7-15) to make it 18-2.

Nick Bunting, Austin Sanders and Tyler Larson scored two buckets apiece as CVCS shocked Faith early in the opening period. A 3-pointer from the wing gave the Blazers a 10-0 lead less four minutes into the game.

"We played hard and with intensity," said CVCS coach Dan Larson. "We were aggressive against their zone and our press hurt (Faith)."

The Blazers didn't need Nick Buntings 20-point average on Friday. He had 10 and sat out most of the second half.

Sanders led the winners with 12 points and Larson liked the balanced scoring. Scott Levy and Alex Rosenbaum each had 11.

"Iím fine with that kind of balance anytime," said Larson. "We set good screens and had good ball movement and that's what weíll need against Heritage."

Brandon Hoy had seven points to lead Faith, which meets New Life Christian in the boys consolation at 11:30 a.m.

Heritage 64, New Life 39

Conners 6, Crowder 4, Ellis 7, Sage 3, Seders 13, Williams 3, Dillon 3. Totals 13 7-12 39.
Butts 9, Hendershot 15, Barthalow 13, Harrell 12, DeFelice 2, Brewer 2, Martin 5, Hammerick 6. Totals 24 9-16 64.
New Life 5 10 9 15 -- 39
Heritage 27 9 17 11 -- 64

3-point goals -- New Life 6 (Seders 2, Conners 2, Kellie, Crowder); Heritage 7 (Hendershot 5, Butts, Martin).

CVCS 64, Faith Christian 26

Apple 1, Gibson 2, Mead 3, Hoy 7, Kerns 5, Price 4, Michael 3. Totals 9 6-8 24.
Levy 11, Watson 2, Bunting 10, Larson 9, Sanders 12, Myers 1, Schlotter 6, Rosenbaum 11, Propst 2. Totals 25 11-15 64.
Faith Christian 0 9 7 10 -- 26
CVCS 16 21 17 10 -- 64

3-point goals -- Faith 2 (Hoy, Michael); CVCS 3 (Sanders 2, Levy).

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