The Damascus boys pull off a scrappy 42-35 win over North Clackamas on an off-shooting night

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Zakharyuk catches up to a loose ball on his way to a layup in the first quarter.

Valley 10 League

Team Score
Damascus Christian (15-2)
North Clackamas Christian (13-4)

OREGON CITY — Damascus Christian senior Ryan Patrick found himself alone in the corner when he put up a slightly raised index finger like the smart kid in the back of the room, who did his homework but doesn't want the teacher calling on him every single time.

Teammate David Zakharyuk was bringing the ball down the opposite sideline when he saw the signal and fired a cross-court pass straight into Patrick's hands. Already squared to the basket, he had plenty of time to take aim at the hoop and delivered a 3-point swish from the baseline.

"I didn't want to draw a lot of attention," Patrick said. "David was coming down the other side, and he's a force with the ball, so everyone was focused on him and they forgot about me."

The trey pushed the Eagles in front 36-33 in the final minute of the third quarter.

What no one in the gym expected was that those would also be the winning points.

North Clackamas Christian was held to a single bucket in the fourth quarter, as Damascus walked off the court with a 42-35 win all but wrapping up the Valley 10 regular-season title in the process.

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