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Defense carries Damascus to Valley 10 title

The Eagles hold Columbia Christian scoreless for almost 15 minutes

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christians Seth Murphy looks for an open passing lane from the 3-point arc. PORTLAND — The Damascus Christian boys responded in crunch time Saturday night to hold off Columbia Christian 31-26 in the Valley 10 championship game.

After struggling to score most of the way, the Knights pulled to within 22-21 midway through the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Michael Moultrie.

It looked like Columbia would have a chance for the lead when Damascus misfired on a long ball at the other end. The rebound fell between three block shirts, but Damascus forward Silas Marvin crashed the scene. He was on his belly on the floor when the ball bumped his leg and rolled toward the baseline. Marvin reached out an arm to grab the ball and called timeout.

“Every possession counted in the fourth quarter,” Marvin said. “It came down to which side took better care of the ball.”

The Eagles turned the hustle play into points when Hunter Straub found center Kaleb Easterbrooks with a bounce pass for a quick two under the basket.

The Eagles sank their last six free throws of the night to close out the victory and will host a second-round state playoff game Friday night.

Find expanded game coverage in the Tuesday, Feb. 24, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

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