Damascus Christian passes its first league test
Ben Shields scores a game-high 19 points in a comeback win over Columbia Christian
1A BOYS BASKETBALL
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 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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