To hear Lawrence High guard Bobby Davis tell it, beating Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday night meant an awful lot more than most other “W’s” have this season.
To Davis, the Lions’ 67-43 boys basketball victory at home signified sweet payback a year in the making. And the backstory had him and his teammates plenty fired up.
It seems that following last year’s 65-52 loss against SM South, Raiders coach Pat Cormack reviewed the game tape and wasn’t particularly keen on Bobby’s aggressive play during a scrum with South’s Will Spradling. Cormack let Bobby’s dad — LHS coach Chris Davis — know about it with a complaint in the mail.
“This one’s been circled for a year,” said Chris Davis, who didn’t wish to elaborate. “This one meant something to us.”
It should be noted that Bobby is a naturally energetic player who seems to possess a magnet for loose balls, as he unofficially leads the team in floor burns. In fact, his propensity for floor burns this season actually left him with phlebitis — an inflammation of the blood veins that spread up his arm. As a result, Tuesday’s contest was his first game action in more than a week. And while his return coincided with the SM South game, he said he felt compelled to let his Lions do the talking for him on the court.
That they did. LHS scorched SM South for 48 second-half points, outscoring the Raiders, 48-29, in the second 16 minutes.
“At the end of the game when we got pulled out and those guys that don’t ever get to come in got in, that was just one of the greatest feelings,” said Bobby Davis, who finished with nine points.
Spradling, who orally has committed to play basketball at Kansas State, sat out Tuesday’s game with an injury.
Lions point guard Dorian Green took advantage. With Colorado State coach Tim Miles in attendance to watch him play, Green scored 29 for the game, hitting nine of 20 shot attempts while dishing seven assists.
He also led the Lions’ second-half charge, putting up 21 of his team’s 48 points over the final two quarters.
“I think at the end, it went from a six-point lead to a 20-point lead in like 30 seconds.” Green said.
Although Green’s estimation is almost mathematically impossible, the Lions did turn a close eight-point lead into a 24-point victory in just five minutes.
Lawrence (7-8, 2-4 in Sunflower League play) will take on Shawnee Mission West on Friday night at LHS.
While Green cited last year’s game as reason for motivation, he also noted the victory addressed more pressing matters.
“It’s a big game because we knew that it was for sub-state seedings,” Green said of SM South, whose conference mark stands at 3-5. “Now we’re tied, and we have the tiebreaker.”