KNIGHTSTOWN – Zak Irvin comfortably won the 2013 Indiana Mr. Basketball Award this spring over four other senior standouts, who each received a significant amount of support for the honor. However, Warren Central forward Devin Davis wasn't one of them.
But about midway through the fourth quarter of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic on Friday, it wouldn't have been surprising for Opal Fleener, demanded a recount on behalf of Jimmy Chitwood, to have walked to mid-court and yelled “I think we should vote again!”
Davis put on a display of athleticism that was unmatched in a game filled with talent.
“I didn't really want to make a statement,” Davis said. “It's just in my nature to compete.”
The 6-foot-7 Indiana recruit led a never-say-die effort by the Terhune squad, as it rallied from a fourth quarter double digit deficit to easily prevail 143-133 in double overtime.
“I don't like to lose and none of my teammates wanted to lose,” Davis said. “(Coach Bob Allen) said that me and some of my teammates had to step up and we did.”
Davis – and in particular – Tipton's Mike Crawford, who will play collegiately at Saint Louis, were making play after play late to fuel the comeback.
Terhune put on a 9-0 run on Hickory to force the initial overtime session, then closed the game with a 15-0 run (10-0 in the second overtime). Several times, Irvin, a Michigan recruit, tried to break Davis down off the dribble, but failed repeatedly and was forced to take contested jumpers.
Davis also blocked a runner in the lane by Evansville recruit Blake Simmons to help preserve the victory.
“I've been a pretty good defensive player,” Davis said. “But I've never really gotten to show it playing against guards (in high school), but I've gotten better also.”
Davis had several spectacular throw downs, mixed in with some blocks; he scored in transition and broke his man down off the dribble repeatedly. Essentially, he scored anyway that he chose to en route to a game-high 35 points.
But he isn't under any disillusion; he knows that it will be his defensive effort – coupled with that inner drive – which will allow him to get on the court early and often for the Hoosiers.
“I'm just going to do anything for the team,” Davis said of his plan to get playing time. “I don't like to lose and I know that is what Coach Crean wants. I'm not going to let myself not contribute.”
Crawford chipped in 29 points in the victory, while Butler recruit Michael Volovic (18 points), Ball State recruit Zavier Turner (19), and Hoosier football recruit Darius Latham (16) also contributed.
Irvin paced Hickory with 26 points, while Evansville recruits Jaylon Brown (13) and Simmons (18) helped out.
Indiana recruit Collin Hartman added a dozen in the defeat, while Bethel recruit Caleb Oetjen (10), Valparaiso recruit Clay Yeo (11), and Cochise College (Ariz.) recruit LaBradford Sebree (20) also contributed.
TERHUNE 143, HICKORY 133 (2OT)
Steven Bennett 5, Jaylon Brown 13, Andrew Dakich 5, Alex Etherington 7, Collin Hartman 12, Zak irvin 26, Caleb Oetjen 10, Korey Ryan 2, LaBradford Sebree 20, Blake Simmons 18, Basil Smotherman Jr. 4, Clay Yeo 11.
Mike Crawford 29, Devin Davis 35, Brogan Gary 3, Anthony Johnson 6, Tyler Klein 0, Darius Latham 16, Lane Mahurin 7, Michael Morris 3, Michael Schlotman 6, Zavier Turner 19, Gary Ulrich 1, Michael Volovic 18.