Davis hits game winner, No. 4 Huskies top No. 18 Tigers on senior night, 76-75

The varsity boys basketball team defeated Blue Valley, 76-75, in a senior night matchup on Feb. 14 at BVNW. Along with a game winning three from senior Andrew Davis, three Huskies reached double figures as the win extends the Huskies record to 17-2 on the season.

Senior Mike Peake is honored before the game against Blue Valley for senior night.

Jonny Isaacson and Ethan Knauth

Down two with 8.3 seconds remaining in the game, the Huskies had the ball coming out of the timeout called by the Tigers. BV previously went one for two at the line giving BVNW a shot at a game winner. That was all they needed as senior Andrew Davis took full advantage of the senior night spotlight, draining a game winning three as time expired.

Facing a similar situation a week before, Davis missed a game winning shot against Bishop Miege, giving Blue Valley Northwest just their second loss of the season. Davis made sure not to make the same mistake twice.

“In the Miege game it was that close, [I] barely missed it,” Davis said. “It’s always good to redeem

yourself. It feels great, especially because of senior night.”

With the buzzer beater doubling as his first points, Davis was just the fifth Husky to score on the night. Sophomore Jack Chapman, who finished with 15 points, said there was no doubt in his mind the three from Davis was going to drop in when it left his hands.  

“Honestly, I have confidence in Andrew Davis,” Chapman said. “The shot went up and right when it left his hands I knew it was in. When I watched the ball hit the bottom of the net, it was game-over. It was really cool.”

Leading up to the game winner, the Huskies were down four points multiple times in the last minute, but a pair of threes from junior Markell Hood and senior Mike Peake kept the Huskies close. Hood credited his teammates with staying on him so he could hit his shot.

“My teammates kept me in the game,” Hood said. “I just knew we were down by four points and it was like 30 seconds left, I haven’t been producing much for my team and I knew I just had to come through big.”

Throughout the game, the Huskies were forced to play from behind as the Tigers started the game on a 9-3 run. The first quarter would end with the Huskies staring at a seven point deficit down, 13-20. According to head coach Ed Fritz, senior Mike Peake was a big part about why they were able to stay within striking distance.

“He was really good, I’m happy about what Mike did,” Fritz said. “Mike hit a couple three’s late and went inside so he was really good.”

Apart from Peake’s seven points in the first quarter, only one other Husky was able to join him in the scoring column, with senior Christian Braun scoring the team’s other six points. No other Husky would score until the 4:35 mark in the second quarter, when Chapman hit a three. The three players combined to score all of the Huskies 34 first half points. According to Braun, he was just playing aggressive.

“I was just being aggressive,” Braun said. “I shot the ball better today from the three-point line, and that really helped when they were sitting in the zone, and we were all hitting shots.”

The Huskies got their first lead, apart from the game winner, with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter, with Markell Hood finishing the layup for his first basket of the game, to put BVNW up, 51-50. Blue Valley would close out the quarter on a 5-0 run, to put the Huskies down, 51-55. According to Fritz, the Huskies struggled defensively trying to contain the Tigers shooting.

“Blue Valley played really well,” Fritz said. “They shot the ball lights out. I don’t know how many threes they hit, I bet 10 or 11 would be my guess. Defensively it was a struggle for us [and] they get a lot of the credit, but we hung around and we executed at the end.”

Although not always putting up 20 plus points a night, Davis said he’s fine with his role for the Huskies and is always ready to take advantage of the moment.

“I’m always ready when I come off the bench. I’m always ready for a big moment,” Davis said. “It felt really good [to make that shot].”

Following the win against Blue Valley, the varsity basketball team will take on St. James Academy on Friday Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m. at St. James.