Orange Alert Davie Boys Stun Tabor
Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 16, 2012
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
When the Davie boys basketball team hosted Mt. Tabor last week, Davie was under enormous pressure to get a signature win after losing by three, one, one and three points in earlier heartbreakers.
Right on cue, Nate Jones and Cody Martin swung haymakers in the fourth quarter, and Davie erased a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun Tabor 69-68.
Jones was the hero, hitting a go-ahead runner with 6.8 seconds left. Davie got a stop on the other end to seal one of the biggest wins in Mike Absher’s 10 years as coach. It was so electric it brought students storming onto the court.
“It’s special for so many different reasons,” Absher said. “We just continued to battle and not give up. I couldn’t be prouder of a basketball team.”
Davie moved into a tie for second and reduced Tabor’s first-place lead to one game. While Tabor dropped to 5-2 in the Central Piedmont Conference, Davie, Reagan and West Forsyth found themselves tied for second at 4-3. Last year Davie ended a 16-game losing streak to Tabor. This one avenged an 86-78 loss at Tabor in which Davie trailed by 15 after three quarters.
After scoring 40 in a win over West Forsyth, the do-it-all Jones scored 32 for his seventh 30-point effort of the season. He hit 11 of 20 shots and seven of eight free throws. Martin was beastly with 21 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and four blocks. He hit six of seven shots and seven of nine free throws.
Shannon Dillard contributed 10 points and Davis Absher six assists.
“It was incredible,” Martin said. “It was a good environment to play in. Everybody was still supporting us even when we were down. This will make us play even harder …