Late heroics from Corey Davis carries Southeast past Lakewood Ranch boys

adell@bradenton.comJanuary 14, 2014 

Southeast's Corey Davis puts up a shot over Booker defenders Shamyren Waters (4) and Jeremiah Henderson during Friday's game at the Turkey Classic in Palmetto.

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- For three quarters Corey Davis was virtually invisible.

In the fourth period he became a nightmare for the Lakewood Ranch boys' basketball team.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore scored all of his 15 points and corralled all of his five rebounds in the final period to carry Southeast to a come-from-behind 63-53 victory over the host Mustangs on Monday night.

The forward knocked down all five of his shots in the fourth quarter and was clutch at the free-throw line converting 7 of 9 including the front end of three one-and-one attempts.

"We were down, and I decided to step up for my team," Davis said. "I saw a bunch of teammates had their heads down like the game was over, and I figured I am going to do what I've got to do to put points on the board. I go home every night and practice my free throws."

Southeast (11-7) trailed 36-27 with 6:05 left in the third quarter and finished the quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 41-40 lead heading in the final period.

Southeast went to a zone to begin the fourth quarter, and the Mustangs (8-10) drained back-to-back treys to regain the lead at 46-41 with 6:19 left.

Davis scored 12 of Southeast's next 14 points. He tied the game at 51 on a conventional three-point play and put the Noles up for good by hitting two free throws and then driving in for a layup to give his team a 55-51 lead with 1:18 left.

"Corey has a lot of athleticism. It's just getting him motivated to play all the time," Southeast head coach Floyd Watkins said. "I was happy he went to the offensive glass because that was something we really needed. He played with a lot of energy and gave us what we needed at that time."

Ronald Taylor led Southeast and took game scoring honors with 21 points, and he added nine rebounds. Tre Alexandrea had nine points, and Mykel Bing

pulled in five rebounds. The Noles trailed from the outset until Aarien Foster converted a three-point play for a 41-40 lead with 26 seconds left in the third period.

Southeast switched to man-to-man defense in the third quarter and late in the game, which caused problems for Lakewood Ranch.

"We tend to get off to slow starts, maybe because we start three sophomores, but we are trying to break out of that," Watkins said.

Freshman Sam Hester led Lakewood Ranch with 17 points. Josh Roundtree had 16 points and seven rebounds. Matt Muscara led the Mustangs on the glass with eight rebounds and contributed 11 points.

"The team that wanted to win more won. I thought we came out with pretty good energy, but at the end when we needed to make plays. We didn't box out and rebound, and they got the ball," Lakewood Ranch head coach Jeremy Schiller said. "We didn't put a body on anybody, and he (Davis) took advantage of it.

Lakewood Ranch connected on 17 of 53 field-goal attempts, while Southeast was 21-56. The Mustangs had a 28-24 edge on the glass, but Southeast had 11 offensive rebounds, including seven in the second half. Ranch committed 19 turnovers (seven in the fourth quarter). Southeast had 16.


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