Still sporting stitches from a nasty cut suffered last week against Takoma Academy, Clinton Christian guard Jon Davis felt blood pour out of his chin after he was poked Saturday against Capitol Christian. The DePaul bound-guard had to switch to a different uniform in the first half, but he refused to stop penetrating the lane and taking contact. In the fourth quarter, he had to change his uniform again after more blood spilled.
It was a gutsy effort from Davis, who scored 31 pointsto lead the seventh-ranked Eagles to an 82-72 win over No. 17 Capitol Christian at the DMV Tip-off Classic in Upper Marlboro.
“I had to [play with a lot of contact today]. Once I got into my little groove they started to play me a little tougher. A little pushing and shoving,” Davis said. “They gave me hard fouls and all that. Adversity, I played through it.”
Clinton Christian (6-0) was playing without star guard Byron Hawkins, but with the 6-foot-3 Davis taking over point guard duties, the Eagles didn’t miss a beat. Clinton Christian jumped out to a 16-2 lead behind 11 first quarter points from Rutgers-bound Leroy Butts (15 points), and held Capitol Christian (7-4) without a field goal the first six minutes of the game. But the Warriors stormed back behind strong performances from Jonathan Grimsley (20 points), whose 35-footer at the halftime buzzer pulled Capitol Christian within 43-37.
Davis took over from there. He opened the third quarter with a dunk in transition, and added seven straight points to begin the fourth quarter – including a three-point play after being fouled on a turnaround jumper in the lane after Capitol Christian had pulled within 64-58. The Warriors would never get closer than six points the rest of the way.
“Jon Davis kept scoring, scoring,” Butts said. “He’s very athletic. I think he’s one of the top guards right now, in the country.”
Playing without Hawkins was a challenge, Davis said, but it wasn’t the first time he had to do it. He has started the season playing off the ball, but showed his ball-handling ability at length against Capitol Christian, a glimpse into the future at point guard he likely has in college.
“We really don’t have a set point guard anyway. Byron usually does handle most of the point guard,” Davis said. “Just did what I had to do.”