Robertson, Davidson lead Indians past Warriors
Conventional wisdom says when Central High School post player Josh Wells scores 26 points, the Warriors will win.
The only problem was Thursday night against Montrose (11-5, 3-1 Southwestern League), Indians post players Brian Davidson and Nate Robertson combined to score 48 points in Montrose’s 71-61 victory.
“We didn’t adjust and gave their big guys so many easy points,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “We were aware that they would want to give it to them, but we didn’t execute.”
The 6-foot-7 Davidson did the most damage, scoring 28 points and grabbing 22 rebounds. Many of Davidson’s shots were uncontested as Robertson was able to draw in the Warriors’ defense before finding Davidson cutting to the hoop.
“They ran a zone so we wanted to attack the high post, then get a pass to the low post,” Davidson said. “It worked well all night.”
Central (7-9, 0-3 SWL) began the game keeping pace with Davidson and the Indians, holding a 12-11 first-quarter lead. In the second quarter, Davidson scored the first three baskets. Montrose used that momentum to push its lead to 28-18 with one minute remaining. The Warriors responded with a run of their own, cutting the lead to 28-24 at halftime.
In the beginning of the third quarter, it appeared as if Central would continue its run from the second quarter when Vandon Sanchez hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 28-27.
The Indians bounced back, going on a 13-4 run to take a 41-31 lead.
“We were trying to get over that hump and get the lead,” Central guard Spencer Hicks said. “We couldn’t get the spirit we needed.”
Once Montrose had the double-digit advantage, it stayed with what worked — Davidson had 13 points in the third quarter.
“We settled into our own,” Davidson said. “In the second half, we played how we wanted to.”
Central tried to get back into it in the fourth quarter, fighting back to get within 66-60 with one minute remaining. Again, the Warriors couldn’t get enough plays, and lost their third straight SWL game.
“Instead of having peaks and valleys, we have to be more consistent,” Cain said. “We are going to get ready for Palisade and start improving.”
In addition to Wells’ team-high 26 points, Vandon and Taylor Sanchez each added 11 points. Central plays Palisade on Saturday before makeup games with Durango and Montezuma-Cortez on Monday and Tuesday.
“We didn’t have a good practice (Wednesday), and it carried over,” Hicks said. “We have to pick it up so we don’t fall too far behind in conference.”