Davis scores 43, lifts Eagles

Published 12:12 am Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pleasant Home’s Lance Davis (14) dribbles around Baker’s Brooks Taylor Saturday night. Davis scored 43 points in the Eagles’ win over the Gators. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Pleasant Home’s Lance Davis received a lot of friendly flack from his teammates Saturday night at the conclusion of the Alabama-Florida Shootout.

They had good reason to.

Davis scored 43 of the Eagles’ 67 points in a 67-60 victory over Baker, Fla., at PHS in his team’s final game of the annual borderline tournament.

“They were saying quit scoring all of the points,” Davis said about his ragging teammates.

In his best effort from a scoring stand point, Davis finished 18-for-23 from the foul line, or 78 percent.

Baker, who has talent of its own, presented PHS a good look on defense that curried in Davis’ favor.

“They were dropping back in a zone, which at the beginning of the game allowed me to shoot,” he said. “Our team worked really well when we skipped the ball, which gave us a lot of shots.

“Then, they went to man to man and they had a smaller player guarding me. So, I kept attacking and got a few lay ups out of it on a fast break,” he said.

In the first half, Davis scored 21 of his 43 points as the Eagles led 32-28 at the break.

Most of Davis’ shooting came with the help of his teammates, who either found him down low, near the post and driving the lane for easy buckets.

“I couldn’t have scored that many without my team involved, skipping the ball and passing,” he said.

Pleasant Home’s Troy Fantroy got a jumper to go late in the first period to cut Baker’s lead to 7-6. The Eagles (8-7) went ahead 9-7 thanks to a Chase Gunter 3-pointer with less than four minutes left.

Brooks Taylor, who led the Gators with 23 points, got a tres in and after messing up on a play, teammate Josh Hartzog received a technical foul that put Davis on the line for two.

Davis added a jumper later on and PHS led 13-10 after the first.

“For us to score, he has to score,” PHS coach Jerry Davis said about his son, Lance. “It was a good win for us. These last two weeks have been a struggle with not just me being out. We’ve been dealing with some sickness. We’ve still got one (Jon Cole Chesser) out right now. We’re hoping he’s back Tuesday.”

Ty Hammett led PHS off with a trey to start the second period and Davis did the rest.

Gunter and Fantroy were the other two scorers besides Davis in the third period as the Eagles went on to outscore BHS 15-12.

Baker made a game of it late in the contest, especially in the fourth period.

The Gators stepped it up on pressure, yielding turnovers and getting buckets on fast breaks.

The Eagles found their 49-40 lead shrink to 55-54 with more than three minutes remaining thanks to a 3-pointer by Taylor.

Pleasant Home took another 5-point lead at 60-55 with 2:07 left and made it 62-55 on a nice pass from Davis to Hammett.

The front-end of a free throw, a steal and fast break later by Hartzog helped cut PHS’ lead to 62-58 with more than a minute left.

Hartzog got another conversion on a drive to the lane and the Gators took a timeout to regroup.

Taylor forced a turnover after the timeout, and BHS tried to tie the game up, but the ball hit the rim where Davis was there to grab the rebound.

Davis made four of his last six free throws to ice the game.

“We shot the ball by far the best we’ve shot it all year,” Jerry said.

Gunter added nine points and Fantroy chipped in eight points.

Baker’s Justin Morgan scored 16 points.

Pleasant Home is back in action today on the road in Kinston.