Damascus boys win a top-10 showdown
1A BOYS BASKETBALL
|Damascus Christian (8-2)|
|Crosshill Christian (11-3)|
The Damascus Christian boys basketball team proved itself a force to be reckoned with after scoring a decisive 41-30 win over Crosshill Christian in a top-10 clash Saturday afternoon.
The lead would change hands of five consecutive possessions in the first quarter before Damascus built a lead in the second.
With time ticking down in the first half, Ryan Patrick began hunting a 3-pointer at the top of the arc. The Eagles sharp-shooter drew the attention of several defenders, so he passed on the deep ball and instead whipped it inside to Matt Mitchell who had cut into the lane for a buzzer-beating layup and a 23-15 lead at the break.
Crosshill went to a full-court press that forced several turnovers in the fourth quarter, but it could get no closer than five points down the stretch.
"Any time you get a win over a top-10 team it adds some confidence to your kids that they can play with the top teams in the state," Damascus coach Brad Patrick said.
Damascus (8-2) moves up three classifications to take on 4A Molalla at 7:30 p.m. tonight and hosts second-place Open Door Academy (6-5) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• The Damascus girls scored a 51-18 win over Crosshill.
View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded coverage of both games ahead in our Tuesday, Jan. 9, print edition.