Danville’s defense gave Avon fits all night and forced 24 turnovers. The Warriors played with a deep bench and kept their players fresh and rested before sending them out to press the Orioles.
Avon dealt with the pressure pretty well for most of the game, but had trouble down the stretch finding a solid ball handler.
“I don’t think either team played real well… but you have to give credit to the Danville kids for stepping up,” Avon coach Jason Young said. “We are not going to beat anybody any good with that many turnovers and Danville is a good basketball team.”
Avon controlled the game from the start, but both teams shot poorly in the first half as the Orioles went 8 of 25 from the field and Danville was a paltry 5 of 28.
Avon led 23-19 at the break.
Danville surged out of the gate in the third and tied it up at 26, but Avon answered with a 9-0 run and threatened to break the game wide open and Danville opted for a timeout.
According to Barber, it was his leaders that calmed and refocused the team during the timeout.
“It wasn’t so much what I told them,” he said. “Avery (Motes) and Ian were doing a lot of talking saying ‘We’re OK, it’s now time for us to get a run.’ Our seniors stepped up and kept everyone calm and under control. We didn’t panic.”
From there the Warriors steadily and methodically worked back into the game and utilized its defense to force turnover and convert them into points.
The strategy paid off as Avon looked more and more rattled and Danville became increasingly more confident.
Motes led the Warriors with 12 points and Amor chipped in 11, eight in the fourth quarter.
Carter VanWanzeele led the Orioles with 17.