Blazers Look To Second Half of Season

With a light schedule going into Christmas break, one of the toughest tasks for Ohio Christian men's basketball coach Curtis Christopher has been keeping the Trailblazers focused.

"Without our student section, which is very good to help fire our kids up for these type of games, it is a little hard for us to get them up," Christopher said. "We've been trying to run some hard practices and work on defense."

The only question on Thursday was whether the Trailblazers could reach 100 points.

Ohio Christian put 14 players into the scorebook and had five reach double figures in a 107-47 rout of visiting Ohio State-Marion.

"We really have no problem scoring," Christopher said. "We have a lot of kids who can shoot the ball well as they've shown by averaging 87 points per game.

"Even when we put in our junior varsity, that really isn't a third line. We have some good talent on that squad that will be making the transition to varsity in the next two years."

The Trailblazers (11-2) ended the first half on a 19-5 run, highlighted by a nice steal and layup by Mike Farrell and an alley-oop from Bryan Keaton to DeLorean Glanton, to take a 45-19 lead into intermission.

OCU shot 60 percent for the game (39 for 64) and outrebounded OSU-Marion 47-22, led by Michael Baker pulling down 11 boards,

Stefan Vasiloff and Josh Delph each tallied 12 points for the Trailblazers, Jeremy Hays had 11 points and Glanton and Farrell had 10 points each.

Ohio Christian now sends its players home for Christmas and will return to practice on Dec. 30 to prepare for its return to action on Jan. 4 at OSU-Mansfield.

One of the aspects Christopher has and will continue to have the Trailblazers work on is defense.

"We had a couple of letdowns on defense in this game, so that's something we're going to work on," Christopher said. "Some of the games we have in the second semester, we have to play hard on the defensive end all the time.

"We made some improvement in helpside defense, and we have some taller players for the first time since I've been here who can block shots, which is really nice to have."

Some of the top games during the second half of the season for OCU come against Kentucky Christian (two games), Ohio Dominican, UC-Clermont, World Harvest and Southern State.