Late misses erase the Eagles comeback bid
1A BOYS BASKETBALL
Valley 10 tournament title game
PORTLAND The Damascus Christian boys basketball team turned up the defensive intensity to erase a double-digit deficit in the final five minutes Saturday, but the Eagles couldnt quite find their way to overtime during a 53-48 loss to Columbia Christian in the Valley 10 tournament title game.
The Knights relied on quick ball movement to feed center Levi Dalzell for a series of buckets in the paint that grew Columbias lead to 11 points as the clock ticked under five minutes to play.
Damascus responded with a series of makes from 3-point range to return it to a one-possession game. Another deep ball by Ryan Patrick tied the game at 46 with less than two minutes to play.
Columbia returned to the lead on its next trip down court when Hunter Endresen got free near the basket.
Damascus had a layup slide off the rim and a 3-pointer miss the mark in the final seconds.
Damascus hosts Horizon Christian in a first-round playoff at 6 p.m. Wednesday, while Columbia Christian earns a bye into Saturday's second round.
View photos from the title game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded game coverage in our Tuesday, Feb. 23, print edition.