1A BOYS BASKETBALL
2nd round, state playoffs
|#3 Damascus Christian (22-3)|
The No. 3-ranked Damascus Christian boys basketball team couldn't extinguish the hot hand of Joseph High junior guard Tyler Homan during a 55-43 loss Saturday in the second round of the 1A state playoffs.
Homan started it off with a pair of long balls early in the second quarter that pushed Joseph's lead to nine points and prompted Damascus to call a timeout.
The pause in play did little to stop Homan, who was dialed in for a big night.
He came out of the huddle and swished two more to stretch the margin to 27-11, and the upset alarm was sounding in the Damascus gym.
"We came out for shoot-around before the game, and I just felt it — I knew this was going to be the game I had been waiting for," Homan said.
He would sink five 3s on the night and finished with a game-high 21 points.
David Zakharyuk hit a pair of 3s to bring Damascus within 10 at halftime.
Damascus put in the energy for a comeback in the second half, but couldn't get shots to fall. The frustrations spilled over into a pair of technical fouls on separate players that Joseph's Caevan Murray turned into three free points at the line. Rookie Mason Ferre knocked down a 3, and Joseph had its biggest lead of the night at 41-24 late in the third quarter.
"We just kept talking about staying together and playing defense like the game was still zero-zero," Ferre said. "We didn't want them going on any kind of run."
Damascus (22-3) got within 10 twice in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.
Joseph (17-8) advances to Baker City to face the tourney's other double-digit seed Jordan Valley (22-4) in the 1A quarterfinals Thursday night.
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