CIRCLEVILLE, OH - If you like watching high powered and efficient offense, you need to get to the Maxwell Center. The Ohio Christian University Trailblazers are riding a hot streak that is almost hard to explain. After a difficult start to the season in which OCU played some difficult non-conference opponents, the Trailblazers are a whole new team, After entering the New Year; the team has won five games in a row, and in fairly convincing fashion. OCU would begin their weekend with a matchup against the Celtics of Carlow. The Trailblazers would lead by only seven at half, but a strong second would lead to victory with a final score of 97-78. Nic Baker (SR/Hilliard, OH) and Gary Hoover (SR/Columbus, OH) would lead the Trailblazers in scoring with 16, while Rijnard Hartman (FR/South Africa) gathered 11 boards to go with 12 points.
Saturday looked like a much more difficult task on the outset, as a strong Point Park program visited the Maxwell Center. Despite pre-game predictions, the Trailblazers pounced on the Pioneers, running away with the game early in the first half. OCU's lead would bloom to 43 at the half, as the Trailblazers would go on to win 128-72. Marquis Jackson (SR/Cleveland, OH) and Nic Baker would lead OCU in scoring with 28 and 27, while Gary Hoover finished with 13 points and 13 boards for his fifth straight double double. "We all have our roles. I went out there and did what I was supposed to do, and going forward we need that every game. Last year we were in this same spot, so we need our best effort if we want to win the conference," said Hoover.
Over their five game win streak, the Trailblazers have been putting up video game numbers. In this streak alone, the team is AVERAGING:
- 118.2 PPG
- 49.9 RPG
- 19.2 3PT Per Game
- 24.6 APG
To add to the offensive success, the team is also finding their rhythm on defense. "Our defense was great," said Head Coach Tony Stockman. "Our top 6-7 guys played great defense. We limited them and contested every shot which led to stops and then running down the floor on offense. "Our whole thing is to get better every game. If we do that, the wins and losses will take care of themselves."
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