2015-01-01 / Sports

Davison boys hold on for tourney win

By Michael Selecky
810-452-2632 • mselecky@mihomepaper.com


Preston McNab works his way towards a loose ball in Saginaw Valley League competition. 
Photos by Michael Selecky Preston McNab works his way towards a loose ball in Saginaw Valley League competition. Photos by Michael Selecky HARPER WOODS — While most people enjoy taking a little time off during the holidays, Davison varsity boys’ basketball coach Robert Hatten decided he and his team would be better served by competing at the Motor City Roundball Classic last Saturday. Looking to spoil this yuletide experience was Toledo Rogers, which the Cardinals outscored 27-12 in the first quarter on their way to winning 76-68.

“(Davison) extended its lead to 34-12 midway through the second quarter before some hot shooting by Toledo Rogers narrowed the gap to 42 to 30 at the half,” said Hatten. “The game was back and forth in the second half with each team answering each other’s runs and Davison was able to hold off to win.”

Celebrating his 16th birthday with a team-high 38 points, seven assists and six rebounds was Davison’s Dylan Alderson followed by Frank Vukaj with 21 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks and Brendan Fleming hit a trio of three-pointers to score nine.


Dylan Alderson drives to the hole during the first half of a home game for the Davison varsity boys’ basketball team. Dylan Alderson drives to the hole during the first half of a home game for the Davison varsity boys’ basketball team. “Dylan was feeling it and was in a great flow. I think his versatility was really on display, hitting three triples, getting in the paint and finishing, then dishing off to open teammates when he forced the defense to help early,” Hatten said. “My favorite thing about Dylan’s performance is that he’d be the first to tell you it was a great team victory and that key plays were made by everyone. He’s a team first guy and a tremendous leader.”

Grant Rooker proved key for Davison, as well, drawing three charges during an important part of the third quarter to go with his six points.

“I was very pleased with our entire team’s effort and focus today. We gave up a lot more points than we would have liked, but you have to give Toledo Rogers credit, they can be very tough to defend and can score in bunches,” Hatten said.

In non-conference action at home on Dec. 20, Davison downed Madison Heights Bishop Foley 48-39 on the strength of Alderson’s 25-point performance. Alderson posted eight rebounds, four steals and three assists to help lead this second-half comeback. Vukaj complimented that showing with six points, 13 rebounds and five blocks of his own, while John Dipillo scored eight and Brendan Fleming had six.

“We were fortunate to only be down by three points at halftime,” Hatten said. “We didn’t play with much energy and enthusiasm. Luckily, at halftime, the guys regrouped and came out with much more intensity in the second half.”

Trailing 24-21 at halftime, the difference for the Cards was holding Bishop Foley without a made field goal until there was about five minutes left in the game. That meant Davison only gave up three points in 11 minutes, all of which came at the free throw line.

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