Defenders sweep Hannan, 63-53

Bryan Walters

February 25, 2014

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A strong start led to a solid finish for the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team Monday night during a 63-53 victory over host Hannan in a non-conference matchup held at Point Pleasant Junior-Senior High School in Mason County.

The Defenders (12-10) shot 70 percent from the field in the opening 16 minutes and never looked back, as the guests went 6-of-8 from the field in the opening eight minutes en route to a 17-5 advantage. OVCS followed by hitting 8-of-12 shots during a 20-16 second quarter surge, giving the Defenders a commanding 37-21 cushion at the break.

The Wildcats (2-17) — who netted 8-of-23 shot attempts in the first half — made a late second half push, but ultimately never came closer than three possessions down the stretch. HHS made a 16-14 third quarter run to pull to within 51-37, then closed regulation with a 16-12 spurt to wrap up the 10-point outcome.

With the victory, Ohio Valley Christian claimed a season sweep of Hannan after posting an 83-35 decision at OVCS back on Jan. 30.

The Defenders connected on 25-of-45 field goal attempts for 56 percent, including a 5-of-9 effort from three-point range for 56 percent. The guests were also 8-of-14 at the free throw line for 57 percent.

T.G. Miller led OVCS with a game-high 26 points, followed by Elijah McDonald with 11 points and Marshall Hood with nine markers. Danny Ballentyne was next with eight points, while Dillon Ragan chipped in four markers.

Phil Hollingshead and Evan Bowman respectively rounded out the winning tally with three and two points.

The Wildcats finished the night 21-of-56 from the floor for 38 percent, which included a 9-of-33 effort from behind the arc for 27 percent. The hosts were also 2-of-4 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.

Dakota Fannin paced HHS with 18 points, followed by Tyler Burns with 12 points and Kade McCoy with nine markers. Will Harbour and Corey Hudnall rounded out the respective scoring with eight and six points.