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Teays Valley Christian wins another WVCAT championship

Mar. 17, 2011 @ 11:45 PM

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- The high school boys basketball team from Teays Valley Christian School participated in the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament on Feb. 16-18 at the armory in Summersville, W.Va.

There were eight boys teams in this years tournament, including: Regional Christian from Delbarton; Ballard Christian from Ballard; Greater Beckley Christian from Beckley; Cross Lanes Christian from Cross Lanes; Grace Christian from Huntington; Wood County Christian from Williamstown; Calvary Baptist Academy from Hurricane and Teays Valley Christian from Scott Depot.

The Lions squared off Thursday afternoon against Greater Beckley Christian with a 2:15 tip-off. The Crusaders from Greater Beckley proved to be no match for the Lions, as the Lions rolled to a 72-35 victory. The Lions were led Thursday by Justin Wojcieszak who had a game-high 21 points with 17 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. The Lions next opponent would be the Patriots of Calvary Baptist who advanced with a win over Cross Lanes Christian, also on Thursday.

The Lions and the Patriots had faced each other earlier in the season and had split the contests. The winner of this game would advance to the championship game Saturday. The game was close throughout and was well played by both teams, but the Lions prevailed to a 53-52 win over the Patriots putting the Lions in place to face the number one seeded Wildcats from Wood County Christian School on Saturday. The Lions were led Friday evening by Elias Beacom who chipped in 18 points for the Lions.

The Wildcats from Wood County came into the championship game as the defending WVCAT champions and holding the number one seed in this year's tournament as well. The Lions had already fallen twice to the Wildcats earlier in the season, but the third time was the charm for the Lions. The Lions took a five point halftime lead into the locker room and never looked back. The Wildcats saw a last second shot roll off the rim, as the Lions went on to victory and to upset the number one seed 45-43 for the championship.

The Lions were led Saturday by Elias Beacom with 11 points, CJ Larue with 13 points, and Isaac Cosby with 17 points. CJ Larue and Isaac Cosby were selected for the all tournament team and Elias Beacom was named MVP of the tournament.

This year's team consisted of: Seniors: Ryan Brown and CJ Larue; Juniors: Cody Burden and Josh Kiser; Sophomores: Elias Beacom, Ben Parsons, Isaac Cosby, Matthew Hydock, Justin Wojcieszak and Sam Montebell; Freshman: Nathan Tarr and Cole Parenti. The Lions were coached this year by assistant coaches Andrew Shamblin and Wade Neal and their head coach was Troy McGrew.