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Zopfs hot hand powers win
OREGON CITY Damascus Christian junior guard Edward Zopf stole the show at North Clackamas Christian and lifted the Eagles to a 48-37 win on Fridays boys basketball contest.
Zopf was lethal from three-point range and North Clackamas had no answer. After missing a few shots early, Zopf went on a tear, sinking six 3-pointers by games end to finish with 18 points.
You cant let the misses bother you. Ive always been taught to just keep shooting, Zopf said. My mentality is if I miss, the next one is going in.
North Clackamas opened the game in a zone defense, but after that left Zopf alone in the corner, the Saints quickly switched to man defense.
It didnt work.
Even when double-teamed, Zopf still drained the long ball.
The sharp-shooting by Zopf allowed the Eagles to get set defensively on almost every play. Demascus used that extra time to go into a trap defense midway through the second quarter which completely flustered North Clackamas. The combination of Zopfs shooting and the Saints turnovers fueled a 27-4 Damascus run that gave the Eagles a 24-point lead and put the game out of reach.
Look for extended game coverage in the Dec. 28 print edition.