1A boys hoops

Ione/Arlington’s Wesley Goad (No. 10) blocks a shot by Damascus Christian’s Zach Nelson while Carson Eynetich (No. 12) looks on Thursday.

When Carson Eynetich whipped a perfect pass to Taylor Rollins for a layin late in the third quarter, it looked as though Ione/Arlington was making a serious run at stunning top-ranked Damascus Christian.

Rollins’ bucket narrowed the Eagles’ lead to 37-26 in a Class 1A state tournament quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon at Baker High School, their smallest advantage since the first quarter.

But on the ensuing possession Damascus Christian’s Jacob Zakharyuk, who led all scorers with 20 points, made a 3-pointer to push the Eagles’ lead back to 14 with 2 minutes left in the quarter.

The Cardinals (21-7) would get no closer and went on to a 58-46 loss.

Zakharyuk’s basket was just one of several the Eagles (26-1) converted when Ione/Arlington was on the brink of slicing the lead to single digits.

“There were opportunities to get the game into single digits, we just didn’t get it done,” Ione/Arlington coach Dennis Stefani said.

The Cardinals scored the first 4 points of the final quarter, with Wesley Goad’s two free throws paring the lead to 46-34.

Damascus Christian’s Spencer Powers scored inside, then the teams traded baskets before Goad, who led the Cardinals with 14 points, made one of two free throws to get the Cardinals within 50-39 with 4:46 left.

Zakharyuk then took over, scoring consecutive baskets to boost the Eagles’ lead to 54-40 with 2:51 left.

Stefani said Damascus Christian’s knack for stifling the Cardinals’ momentum was a combination of the Eagles’ composure and Ione/Arlington’s defensive lapses.

“They’re very fundamentally sound,” he said of the Eagles. “I thought we on defense had some communication breakdowns on our switches.”

Eynetich, a freshman who had 13 points, said he felt the Cardinals lost some of their aggressiveness when they were poised to put real pressure on Damascus Christian.

“I think we started slowing down, we didn’t keep the pedal to the metal the whole time,” Eynetich said.

Maintaining momentum wasn’t the problem in the first quarter — the Cardinals never had any.

Damascus Christian ended the quarter with an 11-0 run — 7 points by Powers — to lead 19-4.

The Cardinals actually outscored the Eagles 42-39 over the final three quarters.

Ione/Arlington made six of 24 field goals in the first half — 25% — and 15 of 51 for the game — 29%

“We got the looks we wanted,” Stefani said.

Ione/Arlington made 11 of 15 free throws in the second half, but missed the front half of two 1-and-1 chances that could have gotten the Cardinals to within 9 or 10 points.

IONE/ARLINGTON (46)

Padberg 2 2-3 6, Goad 3 8-10 14, Eynetich 5 0-1 13, Troutman 1 1-2 3, Shandy 2 2-2 5, Knight 0 0-0 0, Giefing 0 0-0 0, Walls 0 0-0 0, B. Rollins 0 0-2 0, Heideman 0 0-0 0, T. Rollins 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 13-20 46.

DAMASCUS CHRISTIAN (58)

Nelson 4 0-1 10, Powers 8 0-0 18, Colburn 1 2-6 4, Zakharyuk 9 0-2 20, Jesse deLambert 1 0-0 2, Clear 0 0-0 0, Brandon 0 2-4 2, Janzen 0 1-1 1, Jacob deLambert 0 1-1 1. Totals 23 6-19 48.

Ione/Arlington 4 12 14 16 — 46

Damascus Chr. 19 9 18 12 — 58

Three-point baskets — Eynetich 3, Nelson 2, Powers 2, Zakharyuk 2. Total fouls — Ione/Arlington 16, Damascus Christian 18.

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