2018-02-08 / Sports

Cardinals beat BC Western in third-straight win

By Kylee Richardson
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com


Davison’s Tyreese Watson goes up for a basket against Notre Dame Prep on Jan. 23. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Davison’s Tyreese Watson goes up for a basket against Notre Dame Prep on Jan. 23. Photo by Austin VanDaele DAVISON – The Davison boys’ basketball team took a 25-10 lead in the first and never looked back, as they defeated Bay City Western 72-44 during a Saginaw Valley League matchup on Tuesday.

The Cardinals extended their first quarter lead to 40-19 at halftime. Davison then added a 24-12 third. Bay City Western edged out Davison 13-8 to take the fourth.

“We are really starting to feed off of each other’s energy, and hopefully we are starting to peak at just the right time with playoffs just a few weeks away,” said Davison coach Robert Hatten.

Cade Coleman put up 17 points to lead the way for Davison. Austin Roland chipped in 14. Drew Fleming and Kelis Watson added 11 apiece. Davison made 10 triples on the night.

“Tonight was a great example of our defense creating scoring chances for our offense,” Hatten added. “There were stretches in the game where we looked really good, but there were still times where we didn’t execute or play with as much intensity as we will need in our upcoming games.”

On Friday, the Cardinals put up a 23-1 lead that helped Davison to a 57-42 win over Mt. Pleasant. Drew Fleming led the Cardinals, going 7-of-7 from the field with 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.

“The game was a great team victory on the road versus a quality opponent,” said Hatten. “Obviously, Drew had a great game for us on both ends of the court, but we had contributions from everybody tonight.”

Tyreese Watson added 10 points, nine boards and four steals. Roland chipped in eight and Coleman had seven, both having battled foul trouble all night. All nine Davison players scored and had a rebound.

“We had a couple of guys with three fouls each by halftime, so that mixed up the rotations a bit, but the guys maintained a forward mentality and next man up attitude,” Hatten added. “You have to give a lot of credit to the guys that came off the bench tonight for helping us get the victory. They prepare and work hard all week at practice without knowing if their number will get called on game night, but they need to be ready if it does and tonight that was a key factor for us.”

Last Wednesday, Davison thwarted Bay City John Glenn in a 62-36 win. Davison used its pressure half-court defense, three-quarter court trap and full court press to make turnovers and turn them into points during the game, according to Hatten.

The Cardinals had a season-high 20 steals on the night, including six from Tyreese Watson, four from Fleming, three from Kelis Watson and Mitchell Malenich and two apiece from Coleman and Roland.

Davison also saw scores from eight different players. Fleming led the attack with 12. Coleman, Tyreese Watson and Kelis Watson had 11 each. Roland chipped in 10.

Davison, 9-5, is at Lapeer Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off and will host Flint Powers on Tuesday Davison will also face tough matchups against Carman- Ainsworth and Flint within the next week.

“This will definitely be an exciting stretch of games, playing some of our local rivals and great basketball programs. This will be a test of our physical strength and mental toughness, and I’m excited to see where we stand,” Hatten concluded.

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