Davie JV boys looking stout

Published 1:18 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

It’s still early in the season, but so far Davie’s JV boys basketball team looks stout. After winning the opener by 37 points, Davie beat North Davidson by 27 in Welcome on Nov. 28.

“We came out hot right off the bat,” coach Tracey Arnold said after the 72-45 drubbing. “Our speed was too fast for them. We were everywhere.”

The War Eagles came out blazing and built an 18-4 lead in the first quarter. North played on even terms in the second quarter, but Davie caught fire again in the third and put up 23 points in a span of six minutes.

“They started making shots in the second quarter, and they got back in the game,” Arnold said. “In the third quarter, we switched up defenses and pulled away from them. They just didn’t have any answers. We were in a 1-2-2 trap early, and then I went to a 2-2-1 in the second half. They started making a few outside shots, so then we went straight fullcourt man and that bogged them down.”

With four double-figure scorers, the War Eagles showcased how versatile they can be. Ben Reid had 21 points and seven rebounds. Jake Runge keyed the 18-4 burst out of the gate and finished with 14 points. CJ Coleman had 13 and Braxton Bowling had 10 points and three steals.

“Jake got off to a good start,” Arnold said. “I brought CJ in and he did what he does when he comes off the bench – he got going. At the end of the first quarter or second quarter, Braxton started getting hot. Ben did not start because he was sick on Monday, so he came off the bench. When he came in, he was killing them. I mean, they could not do anything with him.”

Davie also got contributions from Brady Vallance (six points, five assists), Aiden Horton (four points), Ian Patton (two) and Noah Tysinger (two).

Three days later, the War Eagles eased to 3-0 with a 48-30 win at Lexington.