Damascus Christian completes perfect conference season
The Valley 10 League
1A Boys Basketball
DAMASCUS — The look of concern was plastered all over the faces of the home crowd when Jason Budey was carried off the floor in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
But when he returned to the game in the third quarter, it was a completely different story.
Budey scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Damascus Christian (21-2, 16-0 Valley 10) outscored Southwest Christian (10-13, 8-8) 41-16 in the second half to runaway with the 68-34 victory on Friday night, completing their perfect conference season.
Ryan Patrick was also in double-figures with 14 points for the Eagles.
"(Budey) brings a lot of confidence to the other players because they know that he can score from the outside and he's got a lot of length to him, so he can get to the bucket as well," Damascus head coach Brad Patrick said. "When he came back out in the third quarter, I think we all breathed a collective sigh of relief…We're a much better team with Jason on the floor."
Patrick hit two of his first four three-point attempts to give Damascus a 19-7 lead early in the second quarter. Southwest, however, came back with a quick 7-0 run to cut the lead to five. On the Wildcats next trip down the floor, Budey went up to block a shot and landed awkwardly on his ankle. After be tended to for a couple minutes, Budey was carried off the floor by a pair of teammates.
"I thought my season was over right there," Budey said.
With Budey in the locker room getting treatment and Josh Mitchell, Joey Brandon and David Zakharyuk in early foul trouble, Southwest was able to trim the deficit to one by the end of the first half at 23-22.
"I don't think we were prepared for all the fouls that were going to be called," Patrick said. "When we had some key guys sitting on the bench, it made things a little hectic for us."
After icing his ankle, putting on a brace and warming up at the half, Budey decided to give it a go in the third quarter.
And his impact was felt immediately.
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