JV boys basketball rides scorching start to win

Published 2:05 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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Thanks to a scorching start, the Davie JV boys basketball team downed visiting Glenn 43-31 on Feb. 3.

The War Eagles settled for a 12-point win after starting brilliantly. It was 20-0 before the Bobcats got on the board.

“We were playing as good as we can play,” coach Tim Kenney said. “We were moving the ball and making the extra pass. We were playing good defense and controlling the rebounds.”

Kenney wasn’t thrilled with Davie’s play after the 20-0 lead. Glenn cut the halftime margin to 25-11 and got within eight in the fourth quarter.

“We stopped doing the things that got us the lead,” he said. “They didn’t throw in the towel. You’ve got to give Glenn credit.”

When Glenn cut the margin to single digits, Coleman Lawhon made sure Davie (5-3 overall, 3-3 Central Piedmont Conference) got its second win in a row. The freshman finished with team highs in points (12) and assists (6) while converting 7 of 13 field goals. It was his third straight game in double figures.

“We were struggling to find that groove again,” Kenney said. “In the fourth quarter, Coleman really took it upon himself to make some really impressive offensive moves. He hit three huge buckets in the fourth that stopped the bleeding and kept them from getting any closer. There was one spin move along the left baseline that was really impressive.”

Hunter Davis (10 points, 9 rebounds) scored in double figures for the seventh time in eight games. Give credit to Ethan Ratledge (8 points, 4 steals) and Zeb Pilcher (5 points). Ratledge made 4 of 6 shots.

“Ethan’s becoming more aggressive offensively,” Kenney said. “Zeb has been rock-solid all season. Coach (Kevin) Revels has said more than once that he thinks Zeb is our best zone defender.”

Notes: Carter Helton and Burke Rosenbaum had 5 and 3 points. … Rosenbaum will have to miss at least two games and maybe the final three of the season. That’s a tough pill to swallow. “That hurts,” Kenney said. “You can’t replace a player like Burke.”