Williams shows mettle on both ends of court

Published 9:19 am Thursday, January 28, 2021

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The Davie freshman boys basketball team, led by Gavin Williams, obliterated two opponents in its first week of the season.

The scores were 55-30 over visiting West Forsyth and 60-39 at Atkins.

Against West, coach Mike Dinkins’ War Eagles blew it open in the third quarter, extending a 24-16 halftime lead to 43-22. Sebastian Bellomo, Cooper Bliss, Eli Branham and Williams buried 3-pointers during the 19-6 run. Williams had eight of the 19, and Bliss pulled off a rare four-point play.

“It was a good win,” Dinkins said.

Williams did the most damage with 17 points. Bellomo, Bliss and Branham had nine each. Trey’von Doulin, Ty Matthews and Grant Wilson had three and Jason Hawks two.

“I was even more impressed with Gavin on the defensive end,” Dinkins said. “He easily had a double-double; he had at least 10 rebounds. He had two blocked shots on top of that.

“We changed defenses a bunch and I told (point guard Branham): ‘You’ve got to be my quarterback. If I don’t call a defense, you’ve got to call one.’ He did a great job.

“Ty gave us a lift on defense. He scrambled after loose balls.”


Williams had an enormous offensive explosion in the 21-point win at Atkins, scoring 31 points, including 10 during a 16-0 blitzing in the first quarter. He had 48 of Davie’s 115 points through two games.

Bellomo, CJ Phelps and Bliss had six each. Doulin had five. Evan Froelich, Branham and Matthews had two.

“Ty played well on both ends of the floor,” Dinkins said. “He didn’t get many points, but he made some good passes.

“CJ had some good minutes. He got at least 10 rebounds. He’s one of the hardest-working kids we’ve got.

“Cooper had a good night on both ends of the floor. We played excellent team ball and our traps worked.”