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Quick start lands Damascus an easy win

The Eagles build their biggest lead at 35 points in the second half

PORTLAND - The Damascus Christian boys basketball team took charge early and never gave City Christian a chance, running away with an easy 58-32 win Friday, Dec. 21.

The Eagles started scoring before people could sit down after the national anthem. Damascus used a full-court press to cause numerous turnovers with speedy guard Remington Clark converting them into easy points. When the Eagles weren't chasing down loose balls, they were patiently sending the ball inside the paint where they scored all but one of their first-quarter baskets.

By the time the buzzer sounded, Damascus had built a 17-5 lead.

'Our defense got a lot of steals and that started our fastbreak,' Damascus coach Tim Swanson said. 'Our goal tonight was to create points before they could set up in their defense.'

City went scoreless for a four-minute stretch in the second period, allowing Damascus to carry a double-digit lead into halftime.

It only got worse for the Lions, as Damascus started the second half with a 25-3 run that extended the margin to 35 points with 6:13 to play.

'The kids had some fun tonight, and it's a good confidence booster for us,' Swanson said. 'We haven't had many games like this.'

All 10 Damascus players scored, led by Underwood with 12 points, while Brent Lamb added 11.

The win pushes Damascus (3-2) over the .500 mark in the Valley 10 League, putting them into playoff contention when league play resumes after Christmas break.