The Section V Class D2 Tournament final Saturday was a busy time for Chris Davidson.
Davidson, a senior guard at Finney, scored a game-high 40 points. Yet, even the amount of offense that Davidson produced, he and his teammates had a bit more work to make sure it was enough to win the sectional championship.
“It’s just nerve-wracking when you are up by one with four seconds left and you just have to play defense,” Davidson said at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial. “And that’s what we did as a team, played defense.”
Finney did make that last stand as Corey Nash blocked a desperation shot in the Webster Christian frontcourt to clinch a 57-56 win and the Section V Class D2 title.
That defensive play also kept Davidson’s outstanding offensive show relevant.
Davidson made 14 of 27 shots, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. His previous varsity-best for points was 39. The 5-11 guard also had nine rebounds. Nash added eight points for Finney (12-9).
Webster Christian was in a Section V final for the first time.
“To be in at the end with a kid playing that well, I’m proud of my guys,” Webster Christian coach Paul Miller said. “He just made a ton of tough shots.
“What can you say?”
Finney’s third win over Webster Christian this season gave the Falcons a second sectional championship in three years. The Falcons have won five sectional titles in coach Joe Marchand’s 16 seasons. They play University Prep, the Section V Class D1 champion, in a state qualifier 7 p.m. Tuesday at Webster Thomas.
“Uh, I haven’t seen too many performances like that,” Marchand said about Davidson. “We’ve had a couple of kids have big games, but this is a sectional final.
“Last week, he scored 35 points, and he did that in three quarters. (Today) he had 20 in the first half and 20 in the second. Chris is a gamer, he’s a competitor. I watch him play and I don’t realize how much he’s scoring. It’s amazing.”
Finney led 44-39 at the start of the fourth quarter. Webster Christian led by four midway through the quarter, when Finney began to draw even.
A jump shot by Davidson tied the score at 55 late in the fourth quarter. Webster Christian turned the ball over on its next possession, which put the ball back in the hands of Davidson. The Falcons set up a play for Davidson, who hit the go-ahead jumper with 17 seconds remaining.
Elijah Fletcher had a chance to tie the score at the free-throw line with 7.2 seconds. He made one of two shots. A missed free throw gave the Warriors one more chance, but Nash blocked their last shot.