Showcase Game: Davis & Williams

<b>FORT MYERS, Fla. –</b> A pair of high school basketball heavyweights locked horns in a quarterfinal game at the City of Palms Classic. University whipped Bremerton 69-32. Here's a look at how the superstar showcase went.

On Saturday night at the City of Palms Classic, two future McDonald's All-Americans laced them up. Glen Davis, the 6-8, 335 center for University Lab, earned the win over 6-8+ Marvin Williams and Bremerton in a 69-32 route.

The spotlight shone brightest on Davis whose combination of beef, brawn and power inside game dictated the entire pace and flow of the contest. For Davis, it was a game which solidified his McDonalds candidacy, though he had punched his ticket long ago in this voter's mind.

What Davis was able to do was jack up his intensity, score on the block and set the rules for the flow of the game. The young man dominated the glass with 17 rebounds. He didn't take a shot – outside of a late-game 3 which he made – outside of five feet from the basket.

Still recovering from a bout with a stomach virus, he sucked it up and played tremendously hard. Davis had a favorable matchup inside and went to work early. By halftime he had blocked a few of Williams' shots, scored over and around him, and earned a double-double. He would finish with 25 points and 17 rebounds in a sensational performance.

Offensively, he stuck to his game plan: be physical. His game is so interesting because he's a power guy who plays without fouling and there's a reason why he's not a foul machine: footwork.

Davis, at 334, is nimble. He hit Williams with a baseline spin move and finished the play with an athletic layup that clearly caught the Bremerton standout by surprise.

It's important to note that this was not a match up of like players. It wasn't a battle of two guys who play the same position so they can't be compared in that manner. Davis is a center in college while Williams is a three man who can play some four in a pinch. As the biggest man on his team, Williams is asked to man the fort inside.

Having said that, Williams is the best prospect at the City of Palms and is a Top Five prospect nationally. He doesn't have the supporting cast that Davis plays with and that can be limiting.

Marvin did a few things in this game that just let you know what his talent level is like. For example, a smooth dribble drive to the rim, a hit on the move, a good looking stroke from 3 off the catch and a muscle conversion at the rim were more than enough to announce his presence.

The major issue Williams faced in this one was how to help guard Big Baby. As the judge and jury for his team's season, he decides how successful they'll be. They can't have him fouling out. He had to be mindful of his activity in and around Davis. In short, he had to operate inside on defense with care, especially in the first half.

Realizing he means so much to his team, Williams was eager to avoid situations where he could pick up cheap fouls and probably wasn't as aggressive as we've seen him in the past and Davis should be credited with reading that and going to work.

Regardless, Williams had 2 steals, 10 rebounds and 11 deflections. He's got a knack for passing that will only be accentuated with greater talent around him.

He finished with 17 points on an evening in which he shot 7-for-14 (0-3 3s). He sat for about half of the fourth quarter once Coach Casey Lindberg wisely deemed this one to be over.

In short, Big Baby was big time and his team is going to challenge for this Classic championship. Williams, on the other hand, probably had an average game by his standards and Bremerton lost its second straight ballgame. The game was a showcase of a pair of elite players with different level teams going in opposite directions at this point in the season.


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