OCU Storms Past Valor Christian 91-76 at Home
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian Trailblazers put together one of their best efforts of the season on Tuesday night as the Blazers came away with a convincing 91-76 victory over the visiting Warriors of Valor Christian College. With the win, Ohio Christian was able to split the season series at 1-1 while also avenging a loss at Valor Christian back in early December.
The Blazers came out of the gates at full steam as OCU took an early 10-6 lead in the opening minutes. The fast paced game proved to be a rebounding battle that stayed close for the entire first half. The Blazers shot 6 of 11 from downtown in the opening frame to stay out in front of the Warriors. Valor shot 1 of 7 from three point range in the first half and would head into the locker room trailing Ohio Chrsitian by a score of 41-37.
The second half was all OCU as the Trailblazers continued to shoot the ball with marksman accuracy. A three point basket in the corner by Tirrell Cumberland followed up by a Mo Fall layup, assisted by Wesley Russell, gave OCU a 12 point lead with 13 minutes remaining. A three point basket by Delorean Glanton and an offensive rebound tip-in by Manny Harrison would push the OCU lead to as many as 19 points in the second half. Valor would rally back behind strong free throw shooting and a game 34 points by Alan Jones, but the Warriors wouldn't get any closer than 13 points in the last ten minutes. Ohio Christian used a strong transition game and their size inside down the stretch to put the game away.
Tirrell Cumberland hit 7 three pointers for the 2nd straight game as he went on to tally a team high 31 points on 11 of 18 shooting. Mo Fall scored 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting in 15 minutes of action. Wesley Russell had a sensational performance with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Mike Farrell and Delorean Glanton tossed in 7 points each in the win. Kenny Cooper had a game high 11 rebounds, while also adding 4 points, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Manny Harrison added 4 points and 2 rebounds for OCU.
Ohio Christian shot 11 of 20 from three point range on the night compared to 3 of 12 for Valor. The Blazers shot 37 of 62 from the field for 59.7%. Valor was 27 of 63 on the night for a 42.9% clip. Both teams pulled in 33 rebounds each to tie in the rebounding battle. The Blazers tallied 17 assists and 14 turnovers in the game compared to 10 assists and 16 turnovers by Valor. Ohio Christian did struggle from the free throw line as the Blazers shot 6 of 21 from the charity stripe. OCU came into the contest shooting 68.5% from the free throw line.
OCU is back in action this Friday as they take on Mid East regional rival Crown College from Tennessee. The game is set for a 7:00PM tip.