JV boys get much-needed win

Published 1:05 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The Davie JV boys basketball team’s game at Reagan on Jan. 3 was just what the doctor ordered. After back-to-back losses by four and two points in mid-December, the War Eagles got back on track with a 49-44 win over the Raiders.

“That was a much-needed win,” coach Tracey Arnold said. “I think they had only lost one game, so they were coming in on a high. We had four good practices over the break. We kind of found some things defensive-wise.”

Davie was behind 21-17 at halftime, but CJ Coleman and the War Eagles had their way in the third quarter. Coleman recorded eight of 18 points as Davie roared to a 35-31 lead.

“We’ve played good in the third quarter about all year,” Arnold said. “We found a groove and got going.”

In the fourth, some sloppy play by Davie allowed Tabor to stay within shouting distance. But it did enough to get out of Pfafftown with the win.

Jake Runge’s six points in the fourth helped Davie protect the lead. Ben Reid finished with a team-high 14, followed by Coleman and Runge with 12 each. Braxton Bowling had seven and Jayden Warren four.

“We were up six or seven, but we threw the ball away two or three times because we were rushing and still chasing points,” Arnold said. “We didn’t have to do anything but hold the ball, so we’ve still got some areas we’ve got to clean up.”

Tabor 71, Davie 32

The next game two days later at Mt. Tabor brought a thud. Davie got pummeled by 39. You know it’s a forgettable day when you allow a season high in points and score a season low.

Davie (7-3 overall, 1-2 Central Piedmont Conference) trailed by 24 at halftime and by 32 at the end of the third.

“They were good at what they do, and we didn’t handle the pressure well,” Arnold said. “We had too many turnovers (35). We played a bad game and I started playing subs early in the third.”

The Davie scorers were Bowling (eight), Cam Knox (six), Coleman (four), Warren (four), George Sakai (four), Aiden Horton (three), Runge (two) and Ty Greene (one).