By Scott Nickerson, EAN Sports Writer
JD Davison put on an absolute show for the defending Class 2A Champion Calhoun Tigers in the 3rd quarter of their 82-68 win over the Stanhope Elmore High School Mustangs. School administrators were turning away fans before the game that wanted to get a glimpse of Davison in action. Those that were lucky enough to get in saw what all the fuss is about. Rated as a five star and the 13th best player in the entire nation by Rivals, Davison is committed to play basketball at the University of Alabama next season. If dropping 20 points, to include two 3 point baskets and an impressive dunk off an alley oop in the 1st half wasn’t good enough, Davison’s antics in the 3rd quarter were good enough that the announcer had to request the fans to stay off the court during game action.
Davison had a blocked shot on the defensive end, then went down and attempted a lay-up that missed. Davison rebounded his own miss and put it back in before any Mustang defenders could get close.
Moments later, Davison had a dunk to bring the crowd to its feet yet again, then nailed a 3 pointer the next time the Tigers had the ball.
But two plays near the end of the 3rd quarter sent the crowd into a frenzy. On a breakaway, Davison went between the legs with the ball before delivering a powerful dunk. On the other play, Davison had the ball near the free-throw line, moved right and underhanded the ball off the backboard, caught it in the air one-handed, and attempted another dunk. This time, the ball rolled around the rim and went out. Despite the miss, the play left everyone in attendance in amazement, with many fans looking at those beside them to ask if they just witnessed the same thing. Many fans on the home side had hands on their head, shaking their head in amazement at the elite athleticism shown by Davison, with many others salivating at the idea of Davison playing for the Crimson Tide in 2021.
Davison finished the 4th quarter with 42 points, and only scored five points in the final quarter to end the game with 47 points.
While Davison definitely stole the show and the Stanhope Elmore defense gave up too many breakaways, the Mustangs competed at a respectable level and did not get routed by a Tigers team that was clicking on the offensive end. After falling behind 9-0 to start the game, the Mustangs stormed back to take one of their only leads of the game, going up 14-13 late in the 1st quarter after guard Jay Tillman scored 8 points and forward Trey Killingsworth scored 6 points. The lead was short-lived, as the Tigers ended the quarter on a run and a 22-16 lead.
The six point lead ballooned to 15 points at halftime when Stanhope Elmore struggled to find points, with guard Pat Williams scoring 7 of the 12 Mustang points in the quarter.
Despite Calhoun leading by 15 points at the half, and Davison’s heroics in the 3rd quarter, the Mustangs played the Tigers almost even, entering the final quarter down 16 points at 65 – 49. The Mustangs outscored the Tigers by 2 points in the final period behind a strong effort from Williams, with Calhoun winning by a final score of 82-68.
For the Mustangs, guard Jay Tillman showed great quickness in his ability to get to the rim, and impressive toughness going for rebounds against larger players. Tillman finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Pat Williams also had 18 points for Stanhope Elmore. Forward Trey Killingsworth, the Mustangs’ quarterback during the football season, added 12 points for the Mustangs.
Stanhope Elmore is 1-2 on the season. Prior to the loss against Calhoun, the Mustangs opened the season with a win at home against Marbury and dropped a contest at Chilton County. The Mustangs’ next game will come in the Montgomery Academy Tip Off Classic on Monday November 23. Last season, the Mustangs won the tournament, winning three games in three days.