Andre Davis exemplified Bryan Station's never-quit, never-lose-confidence attitude that resulted in a 69-68 comeback victory over host Henry Clay Tuesday night.
Davis, a 6-foot junior, misfired on 12 of his first 16 shots through the first 30 minutes of the 32-minute battle between top 20 teams.
Davis' shooting woes were one reason No. 14 Henry Clay led No. 10 Bryan Station by 13 points in the first half, and by 10 midway through the second half.
But Davis never gave up on himself or his stroke: "I knew the shots would have to start falling. I just had to keep shooting."
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With Henry Clay up 63-62, Davis went up for a contested 22-foot three-pointer, right in front of the Bryan Station bench.
"Andre knows I have complete confidence in him, so I felt good about the shot," Coach Tommy Johnson said. "And he knocked it down."
Davis' three gave Bryan Station its first lead of the night at 65-63 with 1:40 left.
Isaiah Tisdale, Davis' good friend and AAU teammate, answered for Henry Clay. The junior left-hander hit a spinning layup, was fouled, and converted the three-point play to put the Blue Devils back on top 66-65.
Then it was C.J. Walker's turn for Bryan Station. He hit a 15-foot jumper to regain the lead for the Defenders.
The back-and-forth drama continued. Tisdale was fouled on a shot and converted both free throws to put Henry Clay up 68-67 with :42 left.
Then it was Davis again.
This time the Devils' defense played him tight. "So I knew I could get by my man and get to the rack," he said.
He did, twisting in a left-handed layup that gave Bryan Station a 69-68 lead with :30 left.
Henry Clay held the ball for the last shot, but Felix Wilson missed a 15-footer, and the Defenders had their second district win over the Devils this season.
"We had to grind it out, and we did," said Davis, who finished with 18 points.
Walker led the winners with 19 points, and Tequan Claitt added 14.
"We didn't play well at all in the first quarter — we shot 4-for-19," Johnson said. "But we gutted it out, fought back and won a game that had a real-important, big-time game feel to it."
After shooting 21 percent in that miserable first quarter, Bryan Station shot 52 percent the rest of the night.
"I've said since the first game I thought Bryan Station was as good as any team in the region," Henry Clay Coach Daniel Brown said. "They're no fluke.
"We played hard and played pretty well tonight. Bryan Station just made one more play than we did."
Tisdale led the Devils with 24 points, including 9 of 11 free throws. Jordan Houston had 11 points. Colby Barnes had eight points, and Wilson added eight points and eight assists.
Bryan Station 69, Henry Clay 68
Bryan Station (13-4) — Davis 18, Walker 19, Claitt 14, Dishman 5, Dunn 7, Caldwell 4, Owsley 2.
Henry Clay (11-5) — Tisdale 24, Houston 11, Barnes 8, Wilson 8, Ridgeway 6, Campbell 7, Smith 4.
Bryan Station 9 20 18 21—69
Henry Clay 17 18 19 14—68