By Shane Bennett
The improving Davis boys basketball team used a big fourth quarter to put away a win at Lexington on Feb. 9. Ty Birkes and Raydyn Amos combined for over half of the team’s points, propelling the Wolves to the victory.
Davis 55, Lexington 46
“We’ve had trouble with some slow starts sometimes this year, so we dialed up the pressure early,” said first-year head coach Dakota Blackwell. “It really helped us to get out to an early lead and then we were able to hold on to it throughout the game.”
If not for three pointers by Lexington, the Wolves could’ve had an easier win. The Bulldogs buried five from downtown in the first half for 15 of their 26 points before intermission.
Even still, Davis pounded the paint with Birkes and Cody Caraway in the first quarter to build a 15-11 lead. The home team cut that down to just three points at halftime and then down to just one headed to the fourth. Then Davis stepped up its game, both on defense and at the free-throw line. Lexington made just three field goals in the final eight minutes while Davis made 9 of 14 from the charity stripe to help put the game out of reach.
Amos didn’t make a single three-pointer in the game, but he nailed all nine free-throw attempts to pile up 15 points in the contest. He added that effort to Birkes’s 17 to pace the Wolves into the 50s for the first time in a month.
The win was a big step up for Davis from the first meeting between these two teams just eight days earlier. Lexington came to Davis on Feb. 1 and beat the Wolves 48-31.
“Our guys have been getting better because they’ve had great attitudes, practiced hard and are really enjoying it,” Blackwell said of his team. “We haven’t played with a lead a lot this year, but every time Lexington would put a run together to try to comeback we responded really well.”
Washington 51, Davis 31
In the final home game of the season, the Davis boys got smothered by Washington in an early, 6 p.m. tipoff to avoid slick road conditions on Feb. 12.
Davis managed just three buckets in the first quarter and only two in the second, while the Warriors used a 17-7 second quarter to build a 17-point lead by halftime.
Only scoring four points in the third quarter, any comeback attempt by Davis was snuffed out by the visitors.
Now with only postseason action laying ahead, Davis will take a 2-18 record on the road to Purcell for District play. The game is scheduled for Friday night, but could get pushed to Saturday with the additional snow in the middle of the week.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 15 14 9 17 – 55
Lexington 11 15 11 9 – 46
D – Ty Birkes 17, Raydyn Amos 15, Tuff Hammons 8, Cody Caraway 8, Levi Baxter 3, Jacob Gain 2 and Kolton McGaha 2.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 6 7 4 14 – 31
Washington 13 17 10 11 – 51
D – Ty Birkes 10, Jacob Gain 8, Kolton McGaha 2, Tuff Hammons 2, B. Oliver 2, S. Clinton 2, Ty Barnett 2 and Levi Baxter 2.