Davis leads Wolves past Noble Street
Updated: March 23, 2011 4:06PM
During the regular season, Perspectives-MSA lost three out of every four games it played.
But in a balanced King Class 3A Sectional, the Wolves have a puncher's chance with 6-10 McDonald's All-American Anthony Davis.
Davis put on a spectacular and diversified show by converting four three-pointers and throwing down five dunks in scoring 33 point as the Wolves raced past Noble Street 77-50 in a King Class 3A regional play-in game Monday night.
The Wolves (6-18) advance to play host King Wednesday night.
Davis hit three three-pointers in scoring 13 points as Perspectivces-MSA jumped out to a 27-14 lead after the first quarter. "I was really feeling [my shot] during the warm ups, and it felt like everything was falling," Davis said. "I took that first [three-pointer], and I made it, and I took another one, and I told [coach Cortez Hale]: Heat check.'
"I had it going."
Davis dominated in every phase by adding nine rebounds, a season-high seven assists and five blocked shots as the Wolves held Noble Street (10-11) scoreless for the opening 7:08 of the second quarter in seizing a 37-16 lead at the break. Davis scored 17 points in the first half.
He also recorded four steals that he punctuated by turning two of them into length of the floor drives and tomahawk dunks. "When I saw [Noble Street] didn't really have anybody over 6-feet, I just tried to take my man off the dribble or go immediately to the post, and that's what I did," Davis said.
Chris Correa scored 19 points to lead Noble Street. Richard Vazquez (nine points) hit three three-pointers in the third quarter to help the Golden Tigers pull within 51-39 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Davis scored nine points during a 19-5 burst that put the game out of reach.
Both star player and coach had the same thought. "I think our best basketball is still ahead of us and if we come out like we did tonight against King, we're going to be in good shape," Davis said.
"We're starting to put it together at the right time," Hale said.
Jared Elliott and Manuel Whitfield added nine points apiece for the Wolves.