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BOYS HOOPS: Damascus Christian builds a 20-point first-half lead and never looks back

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christians Spencer Powers attacks the basket during the Eagles 76-53 road win at Open Door on Saturday.



1A BOYS BASKETBALL
Valley 10

Team Score
Damascus Christian Eagles
76
Open Door Huskies
53


The Damascus Christian boys basketball turned back an early-season test in the Valley 10 with a convincing 76-53 win at Open Door on Saturday night.

The Eagles, ranked No. 5 at the 1A level, got off to a fast start with Jacob Zakharyuk converted a four-point play out of the corner barely a minute into the game.

Spencer Powers scored off an offensive rebound to put all five Damascus starters into the scorebook with two minutes still to play in the first quarter — all five would end the night in double figures.

The Eagles had Open Door doubled up on the scoreboard 24-12 when Micah Colburn poked loose a steal and raced away to the basket late in the first quarter.

Damascus Christian continued to pull away, jumping the passing lanes to create numerous turnovers that saw the Eagles score on their first five trips down the floor in the second quarter.

"We used a new press where it's about all of us moving at the same time, and it just works," Zakharyuk said. "Our energy was still up — we knew the game wasn't over yet."

He highlighted the scoring spree when he got loose on the break, wrapped the ball behind his back as he approached the basket, then brought it back and finished off the glass.

"Any time you are 2-on-1, you have to fake the guy. That's a move I worked on over the summer — it felt good," Zakharyuk said.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christians Jacob Zakharyuk dribbles into the corner during the second half Saturday.

He knocked down a 3-pointer from the left side the next time down to grow the margin to 35-12.

The Huskies made a mini-charge early in the second half when Isaac Van Vleet drove the baseline and converted a three-point play. On the next trip, center Alex Yurko spotted teammate Johnny Cristurean cutting through the lane, and hit him with a high pass that saw Cristurean twist in mid-air to finish off the glass and bring Open Door within 17 points.

The Huskies would not get any closer, as Damascus maintained a wide margin down the stretch.

Zakharyuk finished with a game-high 16 points — all but one of his buckets coming in the first half.


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This story is slated for our Tuesday, Jan. 7, print edition.


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