Absher Using Title Drought As Motivation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 27, 2011

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

When Duane Phillips and Co. graduated in 2000 after winning a record 21 games, Davie basketball fans wondered when another dynamic team would surface.
The 2010-11 crop is a mighty improvement over last year’s team (11-15, 2-8 Central Piedmont Conference), and nearly every key contributor will return next season. Clearly, Davie has the components to finish in the upper echelon, and maybe even make a run at an elusive conference title.
Davie has four conference championships to its credit, but none since 1970. The other three came in 1962, 1964 and 1969. Just finishing third would be an accomplishment. In 25 years of playing 4-A ball in the CPC, Davie has finished second or third just five times. The short list: second with a 10-3 league mark in 1988, third at 7-5 in 1995, third at 4-4 in 2000, third at 5-5 in 2002 and second at 5-3 in 2005.
After going 3-17 in the CPC the past two years, Davie entered this week at 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the CPC.
Even though Reagan is undefeated, the league race seems as wide open as anyone can remember. Reagan is 3-0 in the league. Mt. Tabor is 2-1, Davie 1-1, West Forsyth 1-2, Reynolds 0-1 and North Davidson 0-2. But judging from the early scores, there can’t be …