The final score was not a true reflection of the struggle Tuesday as the Valley Christian Academy boys basketball team beat Buckingham Charter 72-35. “This game was a big concern on the schedule for us,” said Valley Christian coach Brad Gunter. “Last year we lost to them at their place because of the style of basketball that they play. They are very well coached and play a totally different style of basketball than us.” The high-scoring Lions were held to just 26 points in the first half, but finally got hot after the break to open up a sizeable advantage. “I hold told my players that this game would be a battle for points,” Gunter said. “Buckingham Charter has only had one game all year in which they gave up more then 70 points and that was to a much larger public school. Most of their opponents scores are in the 40s and low 50s.” Ryan Cordell was the leading scorer for VCA with 14 points, while Jason Gish and Orest Shaynyuk each added 13. Cordell and Shaynyuk were in foul trouble early, which may have played a role in the Lions limited early offense. “We tried to push tempo but Buckingham executed decently well to keep our defensive pressure at bay,” Gunter said. “With a few adjustments at half time we were able to take control of the game in the second half, but there was still an uncomfortable feeling until the fourth.” The junior varsity game was a much different story as the young Lions came across another team that was not capable of hanging with them. Up 22-0 after the first period and 34-1 at the half, coach Mike Parker’s squad spent most of the day trying to keep the score down. The entire team got lots of minutes in a 49-14 victory. Josh Flanagan scored 10 points to lead Valley Christian. Bryan Alvarez scored six and Jimmy Shaw dropped in five points and grabbed six rebounds. Valley Christian visits Lutheran Friday.