9th grade basketball roars out of gate
Published 9:21 am Thursday, December 23, 2021
Everything clicked in the first two games of the season for the Davie freshman boys basketball team.
There was balanced scoring in both games, with nine players on the scoresheet in the opener and 10 in the second game.
The War Eagles absolutely shellacked visiting Reagan on Dec. 17. They jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, during which the Raiders went 0 for 10 from the floor. The margin was 27-7 at halftime and 41-15 after the third.
“Switching defenses really hurt them because we would switch about every other time down the floor,” coach Mike Dinkins said. “They really couldn’t tell if we were in man or one of our zone traps.”
Elliot Erlandsson (14 points) and Wade Bomar (13) were the offensive catalysts. They converted 6 of 9 and 5 of 7 shots, respectively, with Bomar knocking down three 3-pointers.
“Wade is another coach on the floor,” Dinkins said.
Cameron Owens had eight. Connor Hood and Adam Brown had five each. David Patton had four. Landon Waller and Gage Whitaker had three apiece, and Josiah Johnson had two.
The only negative was an injury to Noah Shore, who suffered a broken wrist early in the first quarter.
Davie 62, Tabor 53
One day later at Atkins, the War Eagles had no trouble taking down Mt. Tabor. The most dynamic player was Owens, who scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
“I’ve got a good bunch,” Dinkins said. “I’ve had seven weeks to practice with them. We work hard. I want them to get better and one day play in the big gym.”
Davie led 29-19 at halftime and continued to keep Tabor at bay in the second half. Hood had 11 points. Brown and Patton had six. Bomar had five. Erlandsson and Waller had four, with Waller pulling down double-figure rebounds. Whitaker and Logan Vanderweerd had three and Johnson two.
Dinkins said Hood showed his mettle in the fourth.
“Connor took over when we needed him in the last three and a half minutes,” he said. “We have a play called ‘Clear Out’ and we just gave him the ball and let him go one-on-one. He had a couple of nice passes for assists. He’s extremely athletic.”
Dinkins said he’s “got two good big men” in Waller and Erlandsson.