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Damascus Christian passes its first league test

Ben Shields scores a game-high 19 points in a comeback win over Columbia Christian

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christians Seth Murphy looks to pass the ball out of the corner in the first half. He hit a 3-pointer to bring the Eagles even with 4:20 to play.

Valley 10

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Damascus Christian
Columbia Christian

Damascus Christian erased a 10-point first-half deficit to beat Columbia Christian 47-43 in the Valley 10 boys basketball opener Tuesday night.

The Eagles pushed ahead early in the fourth quarter when Ben Shields poked a ball loose at halfcourt and sped toward the hoop for a layin. Damascus extended the gap when Hunter Straub converted a lunging attempt through the lane.

Damascus went 9 for 13 (.692) from the free-throw line down the stretch with Shields knocking down four straight.

The Eagles (5-0) moved to No. 2 in the OSAA small-school rankings.

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christian guard Nicole Manning gets around Columbia defender Bailey Martes during the Eagles 36-26 win Tuesday.

• The Damascus Christian girls also won their league opener, leading start to finish for a 36-26 decision. Columbia pulled to within a bucket midway through the third quarter when Ashlynn Jones responded with a layin for the Eagles. Damascus restored a comfortable cushion after Savannah Sullivan split a pair of defenders and converted a three-point play.

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