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Eagles soar into second round

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christian point guard Hunter Straub splits a pair of defenders on his way to a layup.

First round playoffs

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Damascus Christian
Horizon Christian (HR)

DAMASCUS — The last time Horizon Christian came to Damascus Christian’s gym they walked off the court with a four-point victory, so the Eagles had reason to be nervous heading into Wednesday’s first-round playoff game.

Those nerves were gone before the first-quarter horn sounded.

Silas Marvin stepped inside the free-throw line and swished a jumper, Seth Murphy stopped short on a fast break and hit a 3-pointer and Monty Phillips came off the bench to knock down a mid-range jumper from the left side.

People were still in line buying tickets when the Eagles scored the first 13 points of the game, enroute to their 55-38 victory.

“We got up early and were able to control the tempo the whole way,” Marvin said.

Damascus (23-3), the state’s No. 3-ranked team, advances to play at Casco League champion C.S. Lewis Academy in Newberg at 6 p.m. Saturday with the winner earning a berth into the 1A quarterfinals in Baker City.

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Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, Feb. 26, print edition.