CLEAR LAKE - Jonny Davis doesn't like the spotlight, so much so that he shies away from it whenever possible. But even he has to be OK with being the center of attention after he led the Webster City boys' basketball team to a thrilling double-overtime victory here last night.
Playing without his wing man and classmate Bryan Swon because of injury, the Lynx senior point guard took over at both ends of the floor to pull No. 6-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City to a 64-58 victory over Clear Lake. Davis scored a game-high 27 points and limited Lions' leader Ozzie Adams to just nine - 10 points below his average.
Oh yeah, Davis hit the game-tying 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the first overtime as well.
"Jon's a gamer, that's for sure. He just took over the game; his offense was unbelievable, but so was his defense on Ozzie," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. "He really made it difficult on Ozzie all game long."
The win assures the Lynx (16-2, 16-0 NCC) of a share of the North Central Conference championship, and they can claim it outright with a win on Friday at Algona. And you better believe McKinney and his pupils want no part of a piece of the crown. They want it all.
"We don't want to share it, absolutely not," McKinney said. "I've really got to congratulate the kids because they've earned this. We feel like we've worked our tails off and we want this thing outright. So we're going to get on the bus on Friday and our goal is going to be to go over to Algona and clinch this thing."
Webster City 64, Clear Lake 58 (2 OT)
Webster City (16-2, 16-0 NCC) - Jonny Davis 10 6-10 27, Garrett Gourley 0 0-0 0, Sam Mossman 1 3-4 6, Ben Mossman 0 2-2 2, Andrew May 8 7-10 23, Nick Erritt 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 2 2-3 6. Totals: 21 20-31 64.
Clear Lake (9-9, 9-7 NCC) - Luke Schiller 3 0-0 7, Gavin Sheakley 1 0-2 2, Ozzie Adams 4 0-0 9, Spencer Davidson 5 4-4 14, Tanner Tusha 2 1-2 5, Pete Swenson 0 2-2 2, Chase Crosby 1 6-6 8, Bryson Hamilton 5 1-1 11. Totals: 21 14-17 58.
Webster City14 14 15 5 8 8-64
Clear Lake 9 14 10 15 8 2-58
3-point field goals - WC 2 (Davis, S. Mossman); CL 2 (Schiller, Adams). Rebounds - WC 33 (B. Myers 11, May 9). Steals - WC 4. Assists -WC 7 (Davis 5). Blocks - WC 5 (B. Myers 5). Team fouls - WC 16, CL 21. Fouled out - Gourley, Adams.
Fellow senior Andrew May did more than his fair share last night as well. He scored 23 points, giving him and Davis a combined 50 on the night.
McKinney says his seniors were aware of the fact that they had to produce in the absence of Swon, who sat out with an ankle injury.
"We knew we had to have big nights from Jonny and Andrew May, and Andrew stepped up big-time," McKinney said.
Boone Myers added six points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in the win.
Spencer Davidson led Clear Lake (9-9, 9-7 NCC) with 14 points and Bryson Hamilton finished with 11. Luke Schiller collected seven points, including the biggest 3 of the game at the time from the top of the key just before the buzzer went off to end regulation. It tied the contest at 48 and sent it into the first extra session.
Clear Lake led by three with 20 seconds left in the second OT when WCHS ran a play for Davis. The senior faked a drive and canned a 3 from the wing to bring the Lynx even at 56-56.
Davis put the Lynx in front for good early in the second OT with a short jumper.
"I knew we were going to get Clear Lake's best effort, but our kids never quit," McKinney said. "If there was ever a time that we could have gotten down and maybe stopped believing for a little bit, it could have been at the end of that first overtime. But it didn't happen."