With his team tied with top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Northland in a Division I district final on March 10 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, junior forward Wendell Davis of the Reynoldsburg High School boys basketball team focused on how much time remained.
After Northland senior guard Jordan Potts missed a jump shot with six seconds left, Davis grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the court and made a layup just before the clock expired to give the Raiders a 53-51 upset victory.
Davis finished with 17 points and six rebounds and senior guard Spencer Kirksey had 16 points to lead Reynoldsburg to its second district championship.
The Raiders, who won their first district title in 2006, improved to 14-9 and advanced to play Canton McKinley or Canton Timken in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Fairgrounds.
“No matter if it’s the first quarter, the second quarter, third quarter or fourth, I’m always aware of the clock,” Davis said. “One of their guys basically just let me go by him. Coach (Chris Rider) told us to defend. We weren’t even expecting to get a rebound.”
The Raiders took their biggest lead at 47-44 with 7:20 remaining on a 3-pointer by Kirksey.
Northland, which finished 22-2, led 51-49 with 1:15 left when Davis went down with a cramp. He returned with 54.1 seconds left.
The Raiders tied it at 51 when Kirksey made a pair of free throws with 35.4 seconds left. Northland’s Devon Scott, a 6-foot-8 senior post player and University of Dayton recruit who didn’t play the first quarter because of unspecified reasons, fouled out on the play.
On the Vikings’ final possession, the Raiders had a foul to give and attempted to foul, but none was called on Potts’ shot attempt.
Davis scored 12 points during the second half to help Reynoldsburg rally from a 34-25 deficit with 6:15 left in the third quarter.
Jalen Robinson, a 6-foot-8 senior post player and Dayton recruit, led Northland with 15 points and 12 rebounds and senior guard Ke’Chaun Lewis added 12 points. Potts was held to seven points on 1-for-9 shooting and Scott had three points and six rebounds.
Senior post player Ryan Carter contributed 10 rebounds for the Raiders.
“Obviously, we wanted to take the very last shot of the game, but we took the shot too early and that’s my fault for not making that clear enough,” Northland coach Sean Taylor said. “(Reynoldsburg) wanted it more.”
“We’re jelling at the right time,” Rider said. “That’s what the tournament is all about.”