INDIANAPOLIS — Inside the Ben Davis locker room there is a mural on the wall of a Giants logo that reads “Adapt. Adjust. Overcome.” and last Saturday night, that’s exactly what Ben Davis (10-3) did to defeat Decatur Central (8-5) 63-52 behind senior Jordan King’s 16 points.
The Giants trailed by three at the end of the first quarter and led by three at halftime and the end of the third quarter. The veteran leadership of King and fellow senior Tony Wills was on full display as Wills sparked a 9-0 Giants run at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a drive to the basket resulting in a three-point play. A few missed opportunities by the Hawks that resulted in Ben Davis rebounds helped King top off the run, scoring the last four points on break away layups before Decatur Central was forced to call a time out.
“It’s all about leadership,” King said. “We have to pick up everybody and make sure we know we are never out of a game until the last horn sounds. We have to make sure everyone is doing their job and maintaining their composure.”
For much of the first half, it never really seemed like either team was having their way offensively or defensively. Ben Davis knew it had a task at hand with the inside presence of Decatur Central’s LuKayus McNeill, who had 11 points, and the up-tempo style of play. Decatur’s Anthony Johnson added 17. Despite the Hawks’ efforts to push the ball, the Giants were able to settle into their type of game.
“They are big inside and they have guards that can shoot the ball very well,” Ben Davis coach Mark James said. “The tempo was pretty much the way we wanted it to be because we didn’t want it to be a race horse game. When they try and sprint on us, we can’t find Johnson, he’s too good.”