Damascus falls in double-overtime in title game against Mohawk

BOYS BASKETBALL - Indians' guard Danny Reiter hits half-court shot to force overtime
by: David Ball, Damascus Christian coach Michael Mai shouts instructions to his team during this year's playoffs. The Eagles fell 65-64 against Mohawk in the Class 1A title game Saturday night.

The Damascus Christian boys basketball team dropped a heart-breaking 65-64 double-overtime decision against Mohawk in OSAA Class 1A championship game Saturday night in Baker City.

The teams traded leads three times in the final minute before the Indians' moved in front for when Cord Wilkins hit a pair of free throws with 31 seconds to play. He was fouled after tracking down an offensive rebound.

Damascus pounded the ball inside to center Matt Best for a winning shot, but he was tied up by three defenders under the basket to force a jump ball with 17.7 seconds left. Luckily, the possession arrow pointed in the Eagles' direction.

After a timeout, Damascus missed a shot from the baseline, but Seth Lindquist rose above a crowd under the hoop and swatted the ball back toward halfcourt. The Eagles regained possession, but lost the ball out of bounds in the final seconds.

Damascus took a 36-30 lead into the fourth quarter and was on the verge of winning the game, but Mohawk's Danny Reiter hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

Best led all players with 33 points.

• The Damascus girls beat Triad 48-40 in the fourth-place game Saturday morning. The Eagles built a 28-15 halftime lead and maintained a comfortable cushion through the second half. Katie Mullen led the charge with 21 points, while Maggie Gist added 14.

Look for expanded championship game coverage in the Wednesday, March 7, issue of the Gresham Outlook.