Bryan Station rallied past district rival Henry Clay 72-62 in boys' basketball Tuesday night, its fourth victory in a row to start the season under new coach Tommy Johnson.
"We're coming together," said junior guard Andre Davis, who led the Defenders with 24 points. "It's a new year, new team, new coach.
"All we gotta do is play together and we'll do great."
After a shaky start, Bryan Station was impressive in dispatching the Blue Devils.
Davis, who also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals, led a balanced attack that included Deandre Dishman with 17 points and six rebounds; C.J. Walker with 12 points and four assists, and Tequan Claitt with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Henry Clay led 30-18 midway through the second quarter before the Defenders tightened up defensively.
Bryan Station went on an 18-2 run, sparked by Davis' 10 points. Henry Clay's Isaiah Tisdale banked in a half-court three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Defenders' lead to 36-35 at halftime.
Bryan Station took control in the third quarter, using its advantage in quickness on both ends of the floor.
"We're quick enough where you shouldn't be able to get the ball into the lane or penetrate off the dribble on us from any position on the court," Johnson said.
"We did a great job of doing that in the third quarter. We didn't let Tisdale or (Felix) Wilson get in the lane and create. We contested every shot, boxed out and got the rebounds."
On the offensive end, Bryan Station was able to get to the glass repeatedly.
"If we space the floor and get the ball moving, we should be able to attack the rim from all five positions," Johnson said.
Dishman, a 6-foot-5 junior, was especially effective taking his man off the dribble as he scored 10 points in the second half.
"They're a tough matchup," Henry Clay Coach Daniel Brown said. "They played well and shot well. Dishman and Davis were a good 1-2 punch for them."
Bryan Station shot 53 percent, won the rebounding battle 31-23, and generated 23 points off 15 Henry Clay turnovers.
The Devils were led by Tisdale's 25 points. The 6-1 junior left-hander is averaging 22 points in four games.
Jordan Houston, a 6-3 junior, had 12 points and five rebounds. Wilson, a senior point guard, had seven assists. Freshman Justin Mitchell had 10 points off the bench.
"I thought our inexperience showed there in the third quarter," Brown said. "I thought that was the difference in the game."
Bryan Station looks as if it is adjusting quickly to Johnson's coaching style.
"To the blind eye, you'd say that," Johnson said. "But as a coach, I can see we've still got a long way to go."
This was the 139th meeting between Bryan Station and Henry Clay since their rivalry began in 1959. The Devils hold a 70-69 edge in the series.
BRYAN STATION 72, HENRY CLAY 62
HENRY CLAY (3-1)—Tisdale 25, Barnes 4, Ridgeway 3, Houston 12, Wilson 5, Mitchell 10, Campbell 3.
BRYAN STATION (4-0)—Davis 24, Dishman 17, Walker 12, Claitt 11, Owsley 4, Few 4.
Henry Clay 22 13 15 12—62
Bryan Station 16 20 20 16—72