Blazers Come Up Short Against Valley Forge 80-74
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Ohio Christian Men's Basketball team took on NCCAA perennial power Valley Forge Christian College on Friday night and fell to the National Runner-Up 80-74.
OCU senior Mo Fall got things going early for OCU as he scored the first 8 points of the game for the Trailblazers. Valley Forge pushed the tempo and was able to head into the locker room with a slim advantage.
The Patriots took a 5 point advantage early into the 2nd half. A three point basket by Valley Forge midway through the 2nd half gave the host team an 11 point advantage, their largest lead of the game. OCU then regrouped and stormed back as they went on an 8-0 run to get within 3 points with under 3 minutes left. Tirrell Cumberland then drove to the basket to finish a layup as he was fouled. Cumberland finished the old fashioned three point play as he hit the free throw to tie the score with less than a minute left.
The host team then worked the ball to the corner on the ensuing possession and drove to the basket where OCU was hit with a foul. Valley Forge hit both free throws to take a two point advantage. After getting a stop on the defensive end OCU called a timeout. The Trailblazer offense drove the ball to the basket and pulled up for a shot from 8 feet. The shot was off the mark and Valley Forge secured the rebound.
After being forced to foul, and trailing by three points, OCU had to put Valley Forge to the free throw line. Valley Forge missed from the charity stripe but OCU turned the ball over in transition, trailing by 3. OCU was once again forced to foul and Valley Forge hit the free throws to put the game out of reach.
Ohio Christian was led by freshman guard Wesley Russell who tallied 24 points in the contest. Senior forward Mo Fall led the OCU big men as he scored 18 points for the Trailblazers.
OCU now stands at 2-3 on the season and will now take on Multnomah University on Saturday afternoon.