Boys basketball: Nick Davidson leads Andrean past Morton
BY JOHN O’MALLEY Post-Tribune correspondent December 29, 2012 11:38PM
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:53AM
HAMMOND — Nick Davidson didn’t really feel like himself playing against Morton.
Even though the Andrean captain missed Friday’s practice with a bad case of the flu, he still managed to leave the Governors feeling blue.
The senior guard scored a game-high 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and made five steals, while Skyler Moss added 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading the 59ers (8-0) to a 57-37 non-conference victory over Morton (2-6) Saturday.
“I had to deal with my toilet yesterday,’’ Davidson said. “I don’t know what it was — some kind of bug.’’
Davidson said he slept well and felt better early in the game before getting a little fatigued in the second half.
“I tried to put it behind me coming in and just thought ‘let’s go play,’ but I think I hit a wall there later,’’ he said.
In fact, when 59ers’ head coach Carson Cunningham took him out in the fourth quarter, Davidson strolled to the bench and delivered a message.
“He said: ‘Sorry guys, I sucked,’ backup guard D.J.Gonzalez laughed.
Despite what Davidson thought, Cunningham admired the effort.
“I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to go today,’’ he said. “He gutted it out — literally and figuratively. I think it’s a real testament to his productivity to see him play a game like that feeling the way he did.’’
Gonzalez, meanwhile, gave his team a huge lift.
Morton, trying to slow the game down, built a 15-10 lead early in the second period before Andrean went on a 20-0 run to take a commanding 30-15 lead.
“I thought D.J. came in and really changed the pace of the game,’’ Cunningham said. “He was a big-time X-factor in changing the pace, tone and tenor.’’
Morton coach Kevin Dermody felt to have a chance to win, his team would have to hold the talented 59ers — who average 77 points to around 50.
“We were trying to keep the pace in our favor, because we knew we couldn’t shoot with those guys — they’re outstanding,’’ Dermody said.
Morton guards Devon Mingo, who fouled out with 4:06 left in the third quarter, and Eleazar Henderson, both were plagued by early foul trouble.
“They’re our two main ballhandlers and when they went out (early second quarter), we couldn’t handle Andrean’s pressure,’’ Dermody said. “I was really proud of the way we played today and happy with our effort.’’