AC Davis Shines in 69-57 Senior Night Win over Moses Lake
Sometimes on senior night we can go through the motions, but not on a night like this.
Two of Davis' cornerstone pieces for the past four years, Collin Kelley and Zander Delgado, received monster ovations from the Davis home crowd.
"Collin and I have been captain's of this team for the past couple seasons now, it feels great having the city come out to support us," said an appreciative Zander Delgado.
Despite having clinched the Big Nine Conference, and it being senior night, Davis is not the type of team to take nights off.
"The thing I've learned about the Davis program, is there is always a game night," said Moses Lake Coach John Hohmnan in the pre-game.
In fitting display, Collin Kelley and Alexzander Delgado combined for 22 of 23 Davis first half points.
This included several attempts at "senior night special" alley-oop dunks.
"The ally-oops were there, (Delgado's) getting better at them, early in the season he wasn't good at the lobs, he's good now though," said Collin Kelley with a chuckle.
With the score 23-22 at half-time, Davis made the adjustment to stop Moses Lake passing inside to their big men.
For the first time all season, Davis had the challenge of guarding two 6-5 big men in junior Michael Byers and sophomore Kyle Karstetter.
With Ivory Evans-Kimble out for the game with a back injury, and Collin Kelley in foul trouble, Davis had no one on the court over 6-1.
That's when Zander Delgado took over, scoring 11 points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. This gave Davis a 59-46 lead that they would never let up on.
It was a special night for Zander Delgado, who had a career high game with 34 points.
"After 20 games, and having him as consistent as he's been, just understanding he's a senior, and he has the skills to make great decisions, I have all the confidence in the world in him," said Coach Juarez on his point guard.
It's worth noting Ivory Evans-Kimble injury is not serious. Coach Juarez said he's going to give Evans-Kimble a couple day's rest, and he should be ready for the district tournament next Thursday.
Davis will play the winner of West Valley and Moses Lake. The winner of that game will go on to play in the district championship next Saturday at Eisenhower High School.
As Davis gears up for another playoff run, Collin Kelley knows the pressure is on.
"We pick up the intensity. The other teams are ready and they don't want to lose; we just want to stay unbeaten in league."