Moir Christmas Classic: Davie boys 72, Carson 46
SALISBURY — Carson coach Brian Perry didn’t need a reminder of what his team was getting into when it began its duel with top-seeded Davie.
But it was slammed into his head repeatedly in the opening quarter of Friday’s late semifinal of the Moir Christmas Classic at Goodman Gym.
Austin Hatfield threw a behind-the-back pass to Caleb Martin, who calmly drained a three-pointer forcing Perry to call timeout a minute into action.
A 72-46 Davie romp still followed, as the War Eagles’ early momentum carried them to a 17-2 lead with the game six minutes old. After not having played in nearly 10 days, Davie’s venom was quick, but still pretty effective.
“I don’t think they were on fire and hitting every shot,” Perry said. “What they did do is bust their tail for every offensive rebound and every loose ball.”
That they did. 53-26 was the final rebounding differential and Davie had 16 offensive boards, displaying a vigor that the standing-room only house was pleased with.
“We came out with a ton of energy” Davie coach Mike Absher said. “We were very focused at the beginning of the game and that’s a big reason it was 19-6 at the end of the quarter.”
N.C. State signee Caleb Martin scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in addition to blocking three shots for Davie. Brother Cody Martin, also a NCSU recruit, poured in 15 points and eight boards.
The War Eagles are in the championship game against North Rowan tonight at 8 p.m. and looking to avenge last year’s 60-59 loss that was decided in the final moments.
Davie (10-1) scored lots of oohs and ahhs from the crowd throughout the initial spurt, which included another Hatfield-to-Martin connection on an alley-oop and swats from both Martin twins on defense.
“That’s our game,” Caleb Martin said. “Fast-paced. We don’t like to set it up in the halfcourt. I think we came out focused and ready to play.”
Colton Laws finally got Carson (6-6) on the board 4:30 into the game. After accumulating a 19-6 edge at the end of the first quarter the Cougars showed some signs of life. Andrew Hower and Laws provided baskets and Tre Williams hit a trey to bring the Cougars within 24-15.
“There a couple spurts there in the first and second half where I was pleased with what we did,” Perry said. “We just dug too big of a hole.”
Davie bounced back with a basket from Kenyon Tatum, who added four more points late in the half for a 32-19 edge at the break.
“It’s disheartening that we lost as bad as we did,” Perry said. “Davie County is a great team but I don’t think they played a great game. They dominated us on the boards and just outscrapped us.”
Caleb Martin recorded two more slams in the third quarter and pinned a ball against the backboard and tossed it to Austin Hatfield for a layup.
The lead balloned to 56-32 at the end of the third and exceeded 30 early in the fourth. The War Eagles had a quiet night from the Hatfield twins as Austin Hatfield notched eight points and Taylor Hatfield had four points. The War Eagles were 2 of 17 from 3-point range.
Laws led Carson with 15 points and six rebounds. The Cougars face Salisbury for third place at 4:30 p.m.
“We can’t linger,” Perry said. “We’ve got to pick ourselves back up and play for third place tomorrow.”
DAVIE (72) — Cal. Martin 18, Co. Martin 15, Tatum 14, A. Hatfield 8, Sell 7, T. Hatfield 4, Carney 4, Parnell 2, Campbell, Boyette, Bennett, Colamarino.
CARSON (46) — Laws 15, Purcell 8, Williams 6, Love 6, McCain 4, Parker 3, Stout 2, Hower 2, Howard, Raper, Russ, Bearden, Legit.
Carson 6 13 13 14 — 46
Davie 19 13 24 16 — 72