Defense is the key as Damascus holds Crosshill to its lowest point total of the season

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christian's David Zakharyuk looks for a passing lane during the first half of the team's 41-30 win over No. 4-ranked Crosshill Christian on Saturday.

Nonleague game

Team Score
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.

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Look for expanded coverage of both games ahead in our Tuesday, Jan. 9, print edition.

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