Damascus Christian Academy's boys varsity basketball team off to a solid start
Damascus Christian Academy’s boys varsity basketball team made its home debut in fine fashion Friday evening.
The Defenders, already playing their fifth game of the young season, raced out to a big early lead against Canaan Christian.
For their part, the Eagles were seeing their very first action of the campaign and that lack of experience was telling.
“I really hope they don’t just run right past us,” Coach John Ashley said during pre-game warm-ups.
Unfortunately for CCA fans, that’s exactly what happened. Led by the potent 1-2 punch of Nathan Adams and Aden Brick, Damascus led 13-6 after one quarter and 29-13 at intermission.
To their undying credit, the Eagles played their hosts nearly to a stalemate in the second half. The damage had been done, though, as Coach Lane Jones’ lads cruised to a 52-35 victory.
“This was a very nice win for us,” the veteran skipper said. “Canaan is a good team and they’re always well-coached. We played good defense and stayed out of foul trouble.
“For us to come out on top tonight is a big deal and I hope we can keep building on this momentum.”
With the win, Damascus improved its record to 3-2 on the year.
Weather permitting, the Defenders were slated to play again at the Beacon Family Center Monday night against Harmony.
Off & Running
Damascus won the opening tip and wasted little time in ratcheting up its high octane offense.
Brick and Adams proved to be a formidable scoring tandem. Aden electrified the crowd by igniting the DCA fastbreak, while Nathan unleashed a withering barrage of deep treys.
Canaan's lack of game experience showed early as the Eagles committed seven first quarter turnovers that led directly to points.
Coach Ashley burned a pair of timeouts in an effort to stop the bleeding. The first came with 5:57 left in the opening stanza and his team trailing 7-0. He called the second less than two minutes later with the score 11-2.
“Getting off to a quick start was important,” Coach Jones said. “Our boys like to push the ball and they did a great job of that early in the first quarter.”
Damascus opened up a 7-point lead after one and increased that advantage to 16 at the break. Brick led the way with three steals and a pair of lay-ups in transition. He would finish the night with 10 points.
“Aden really gave us a spark,” Coach Jones said. “He played tough defense and some of those steals kind of took the wind out of their sails.”
Adams was quiet at the offensive end during the first period, but ramped things up in the second.
The sharp-shooting junior guard drove the lane for one basket, hit a short jumper for another and then drilled a deep trey. He would finish up his night with a game-high 17 points.
“Nathan made a couple of crucial plays late in the first half that I think were really important,” Coach Jones said. “He had two steals and two big baskets that gave us some breathing room.
“Overall, Nathan played a very good game.”
Down the Stretch
Peyton Warner and Tyler Decker also contributed key plays for Damascus.
Warner tallied a pair of treys en route to a 9-point outing. Decker flexed his muscles in the paint, powering his way to nine points while also grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots.
Ethan Capwell and Ryan Fredo rounded out the DCA offensive assault with four and three, respectively.
“Those two boys are really coming along nicely,” said Coach Jones. “Ethan and Ryan are working very hard and I like what I'm seeing from them so far.”
Canaan was paced by Cory May, who tallied a team-best 14 points, and Mike Lamberton, who also cracked double digits with 10.
Eddie Paz chipped in with four markers, while Nick Antolick tallied three. Aden Swartley and David Brown each contributed two to the CCA cause.
“We made some mistakes, but we kept pushing the ball up the floor and Canaan had some trouble keeping up with us,” Coach Jones said in conclusion. “The most important thing is that we build on this win.”
Score by Quarters...
CCA (0-1) 6 7 15 7 - 35
DCA (3-2) 13 16 13 10 - 52