Damascus Christian Academy raced out to a big lead, then cruised to a decisive win.
It didn't take Damascus Christian Academy long to take control of this year's boys varsity hoops battle with archrival Canaan Christian.
On Saturday afternoon, the Defenders held the Eagles to single digit scoring in each of the first three quarters en route to an insurmountable lead.
Canaan did erupt for 28 points in the final period, but it was too little too late as Damascus cruised to a 64-50 victory.
"It's been a long time since we beat Canaan, esecially on their home floor," Coach Lane Jones said. "They have a great program and to come in here and win is a pretty big deal. I'm very proud of our boys."
With this win, DCA upped its overall record to 3-2.
The Defenders are facing on of their most ambitious regular season schedules in years. It's a calculated move on the part of school officials with an eye toward year-end events.
"I'm really looking forward to the state tournament," Coach Jones said. "We've been knocking on the door the past couple of years and I'm hoping we can break through this time around."
On the Court
Damascus flexed its muscles early against Canaan.
The Defenders were able to run the floor in transition, but also power the ball down into the low post for easy buckets.
"One of the keys is that we're physically superior to them for the first time in a long while," Coach Jones said. "But, they're a very well-coached team and we had to be careful that we didn't let them get back in it."
Andrew Sheard dominated play in the paint. The Defenders' junior center muscled his way to yet another double double, scoring 16 points and hauled down 19 rebounds.
"Andrew has worked very hard on his game and he's certainly come a long way the past couple of years," Coach Jones said. "He's become a real force on the boards, plus his defense has improved by leaps and bounds. Andrew is getting better all the time."
Nehemiah Jones made his presence felt in this one in no uncertain terms.
Jones showed his unselfishness last season by playing the point ... not his natural position. This year, he's been splitting time between the two-guard and small forward, a change that's benefited him and the team.
"Nehemiah is doing a great job for us," Coach Jones said. "He's a very good leader and he communicates well with his teammates."
On Saturday, Jones exploded for a game-high 28 points, eight of which came in the first quarter when DCA opened up a 22-9 lead.
The Defenders extended their advantage in the second period, outscoring the Eagles 17-8 and taking a 39-17 lead into lockerroom at halftime.
Nick Adams turned in a stellar performance, helping DCA ice the game with a 15-5 third quarter run.
The senior guard tickled the twine for 15 points, including two long-distance treys and a 3-for-4 stint at the charity stripe.
"Nick is having a very good season so far," said Coach Jones. "He played well here today. Nick always seems to come up with a couple of big shots and free throws when we need them."
Josiah Jones rounded out DCA's scoring with five points, including a trey.
For Canaan, Blakely Hoffman started out slowly, but heated up late and finished up with a team-best 20 points. Hoffman brought the big home crowd to life by hammering home four treys in the final period.
Nick LaRosa also turned in a solid effort, scoring in every quarter and winding up with 13 points.
Brogan Scotch also cracked double digits with 10, while Dylan Grimm tallied all six of his points in the second half.
Score by Quarters...
DCA (3-2) 22 17 15 10 - 64
CCA (2-2) 9 8 5 28 - 50