Owens’ 24 leads Davie over West

Published 9:35 am Thursday, February 17, 2022

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Davie’s freshman basketball team turned in a third-quarter gem and won its fifth straight game by double figures, 62-49 at West Forsyth on Feb. 4.
The Titans were in contention at halftime, trailing 30-22, but they were toast when Davie rolled up its sleeves in the third.
“Wade Bomar was sitting there at halftime and looks at me and goes: ‘We haven’t really run the 50 (1-3-1 defense). Let’s run 50,’” coach Mike Dinkins said. “I said: ‘OK.’ We outscored them 20-6 in the third.”
The War Eagles’ monster third sent their overall record to 9-0. Cameron Owens had 24 points, which was ho-hum for him. It was the third time in four games he scored 21 or more. Landon Waller (12) supplied double figures for the third game in a row. The supporting actors were Connor Hood (seven), Bomar (six), Elliot Erlandsson (five), Adam Brown (four) and David Patton (four).
“We had a lot of easy baskets,” Dinkins said. “There were some unbelievable unselfish plays between Connor and Cameron. They made two great passes. One of them could have had the layup and they would rather pass the ball.
“Owens did his thing. He’s probably 5-8 or 5-9. He gets a lot of his stuff off our defenses. We run a trap and then we’re running.
“Landon had another double-double (in points and rebounds). He had a dunk that he missed. He rattled it out, but he got the rebound and scored. He’s been asking me if he could try it in a game. He dunks regularly in practice. He’s the only freshman I’ve ever had that can dunk.”
West – and one Titan in particular who banged four 3-pointers in the final minutes – did some cosmetic work in the fourth to close the margin to 13.
“Patton gave us a big lift on the defensive end, especially when we were in the 50,” Dinkins said.
Dinkins gave a shout-out to reserves Gage Whitaker, Zachary Hill and Josiah Johnson.
“They practice just as hard as the others, and when we put them in, they seem to hold their own,” he said.
Notes: The War Eagles achieved 11-0 perfection by blowing out West again, 66-43 at home, and running Glenn off its own floor, 71-50. Owens (20) and Waller (18) shared the offensive spotlight against West. At Glenn, Davie overrode the Bobcats’ 13-1 lead and won going away. The star of that game was Patton, who exploded for 20 points. Waller (18), Hood (17) and Owens (12) also scored in double figures. … Stories on the final two games will run next week.