Boys click vs. Carson

Published 10:36 am Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nine 3-pointers and four players in double figures is a pretty good recipe for success, and for the first time in six years, Davie’s varsity boys basketball team toppled Carson.

The War Eagles have had some unspectacular wins during their unbeaten start, but everything clicked in a 74-57 decision over the visiting Cougars on Dec. 20.

“We played our most complete game of the year,” coach Mike Absher said after Davie rose to 6-0 for the second year in a row. “I’m proud of the way we competed.”

After building a 20-13 lead in the first quarter, Davie’s starting five – Jacob Hendrix, Owen McCormack, Michael Walton, Brooks Johnson and Troy Griggs – took turns making shots in a 27-point second.

After Davie took a 47-30 lead to the locker room, the teams were even in an inconsequential second half.

Hendrix (18 points, 4-4 free throws, two 3s), Walton (16 points, 7-11 free throws), McCormack (15) and Johnson (13) gave Davie its finest balance of the season. Walton scored a season high, while Hendrix and Johnson matched season highs. McCormack and Johnson nailed three triples each as Davie stopped a five-game losing streak in the series.

Last year Carson defeated Davie 77-61 and 63-47. This was the first win over Brian Perry’s club since 72-46 in 2012-13, when Davie featured Cody and Caleb Martin.

“We scouted them and knew we had to get out and guard them,” Absher said. “Defense was the key and we played about as well as we have all year.”

Notes: The Cougars (3-7) are rebuilding after going 26-3 last year. They’ve dropped four of five. … Griggs had nine points and Zach Smith three. … McCormack is No. 1 with a 14.3 average. Hendrix is next at 13.8. Walton and Johnson are both at 9.1. Griggs is fifth at 7.8.