Boys basketball: Nick Davidson’s 26 points lead Niners
BY TOMMY WILLIAMS Post Tribune correspondent November 27, 2012 11:24PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:32AM
MERRILLVILLE — It is officially now the season to be jolly, and sure enough, both coaches showed signs of being in the Christmas spirit after Tuesday night’s Andrean-Lew Wallace nonconference duel.
“Nick just had a stocking-stuffer night and with the holidays coming, I guess that’s apropos,” Andrean coach Carson Cunningham said.
Cunningham was referring to the gift that keeps giving for the 59ers, Nick Davidson, who had a season-high 26 points, five assists, six steals and nine rebounds as Andrean knocked off Wallace 78-65.
Wallace coach Melvin Yancey said his Hornets were in the giving spirit.
Maybe a little too much.
“We had too many turnovers,” Yancey said. “That first half we had too many unforced turnovers that hurt us tremendously. But we will get better as we go on this season.”
The Hornets (2-1) overcame those turnovers to trail 30-27 at halftime.
In fact, the game was tied at 39-39 with 2:29 left in the third quarter before Skylar Moss posted up the Wallace defense and promptly hit a turnaround jumper to jumpstart the 59ers on an 8-1 run to give them a 47-40 lead.
“There’s a reason why Wallace is ranked 11th in 3A,” Cunningham said. “We had to gut out this victory.”
Wallace was led by Charles Cooper with 19 points, while Keonte Bridges added 17 and Devin Harris added 11. D.J. Gonzalez added 12 for the 59ers.
“It will be nice to get back to full strength,” Cunningham said. “We re missing a big part of our operation without (guard) Collin Wojcik who sprained his ankle before the Roosevelt game.”