Boys basketball: Nick Davidson, 59ers complete furious comeback
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org December 1, 2012 11:38PM
Andrean senior Nick Davidson put up a shot against Bowman during the first half Saturday, Dec 1, 2012, at Andrean High School in Merrillville. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 3, 2013 11:07AM
MERRILLVILLE — The trend on Twitter for Andrean wasn’t good about midway through the third quarter. If the 59ers were a stock, the recommendation definitely would’ve been to sell.
Bowman had them on the ground, hands wrapped firmly around their neck, ready to finish them off. The Eagles led by 16 points with just over five minutes left in the third and they led by 15 when the quarter ended.
It looked like a classic Bowman knockout. The 59ers, in an attempt to run up and down the floor with the Eagles, appeared foolish.
Appearances, however, were deceiving in this case.
The 59ers were able to wriggle away from the third quarter vise grip and make a comeback for the record books in a pulsating 71-68 victory over the Eagles.
There was never a doubt, right?
“These kids are just so resilient and they just love to play,” Andrean coach Carson Cunningham said.
It got really odd for a few minutes in the third quarter when, in an effort to find something, Cunningham went to his bench in ways that made it seem like he was planning for the next game.
However, that wasn’t really what was happening. He was looking for a spark.
“This isn’t rocket science,” he said. “We’re not splitting the atom. I was looking for some energy —something.”
What they found was the guy that out there all night.
Nick Davidson, who finished with 27 points, scored 17 of them in the second half and 10 of those in the fourth quarter.
Davidson was bouncing through the middle of the lane like a pinball in the second half, muscling up with the high-flying Eagles almost every time down the floor. The strategy started to really pay off in the fourth quarter when he made all seven of his free throws. He finished 17 of 18 from the line.
“My dad always told me not to settle,” he said.
The game simply unraveled for Bowman in the fourth quarter. Pretty much all of it was a disaster.
They led 56-40 at one point and Andrean outscored them 18-3 over a five minute span. A free throw by Skyler Moss left Bowman ahead by a point. They took the lead by two on a pair of free throws by Davidson with 3:25 left. There were plenty of chances for Bowman to pull away and even grab the lead late in the fourth quarter but they were stymied by poor free throw shooting and turnovers. They finished 8-of-22 from the line in the second half and 11-of-28 for the game.
The game got off to a furious start with Andrean taking an 8-2 lead with 7:25 left in the first quarter after a 3-pointer by Collin Wojcik.
That lead started to wilt when the Eagles inserted their starters back into the game. The biggest first quarter advantage for Andrean was 15-8 with 3:10 left after a pair of free throws Skyler Moss.
Moss, however, picked up his second foul with 2:24 left. That’s when it started to go downhill for the 59ers.
Bowman reeled off a 10-2 run to take an 18-17 lead after the first quarter.
A 14-4 rally in the second quarter gave them a ten-point lead. A basket by Arthur Haggard made it 31-21 with 3:07 left in the half.
Andrean was able to cut the lead to three at the end of the quarter after Moss made a 15-footer with te10n seconds left.