Davis Impresses As CTK Cruises Past Broughton

RALEIGH, NC -- Wolfpack signee Larry Davis finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Christ The King past Broughton 59-45 in the first round of the Glaxo Invitational.

Wolfpack signee Larry Davis finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Christ The King past Broughton 59-45 in the first round of the Glaxo Invitational.

Featuring a host of talented guards in Davis, Broughton's Brock Young, and CTK's talented underclassmen duo Malik Boothe and Erving Walker, the game started slowly with Broughton jumping out front 9-4.

But Davis started to take over offensively midway through the opening period, and after hitting back-to-back 3-pointers his eight points gave Christ The King a 16-14 advantage. He hit another 3-pointer to start the second period, and his 13 points and six boards paced CTK, as the heavily-favored Royals led 30-28 at the half.

"We were in a slump, and I had to do what it took to help my team win," said Davis.

"That was enormous," Christ The King head coach Bob Oliva said of the hot-shooting of Davis. "This team looks to Larry to get us going. If he doesn't get us going we've got to go somewhere us, but he's the guy to get us going and he did.

"At that point Broughton was energized, and it looked like we were going to go wire-to-wire with them, but Larry kept us in it until the half. We could have been down at half if it wasn't for his offense. Malik wore their player down, and we had that one big run."

"Their player" is Brock Young, a 5'11 point guard who has been talked about in the triangle since his freshman season at Broughton. With Boothe, a 5'8 junior, and Walker, a 5'7 sophomore, playing physical defense on every possession, Young never got going offensively as he tallied just 14 points, well below his season average, and four rebounds with a game-high five turnovers.

"Young is a very good player," coach Oliva said. "But Malik is a very good defensive guard. We've always had a guy like that, just a great defensive guard, and he's as good as any of them. He really did a good job."

Davis Drills The 3-pointer

Christ The King extended the halftime lead to 11 points entering the fourth quarter and cruised to the 59-45 victory, advancing to the semifinals.

"We didn't expect the team to be weak and they were not at all," said Davis. "It was 30-28 at the half, and we played a great game in the second half. We stepped up the defense on Young, and I did my part on the offensive end. We came out with the victory."

Davis, a 6'4 guard who signed with NC State in November, admitted that he was nervous playing in Reynolds Coliseum with Wolfpack fans looking on, but he enjoyed the atmosphere.

"It's a great feeling," he said. "I was a little nervous at first because I knew everybody was going to be watching me. I didn't want to come here and play bad or have an off day in front of the NC State fans."

With Davis, Boothe, and Walker dominating the perimeter, Christ The King will continue to give teams problems and is considered a legitimate threat to win the Glaxo Invitational.

Next up is St. John's College High School and super point guard Chris Wright.

"I heard about the kid, #3," said Davis. "He's suppose to be a good player, but I think my point guard Malik Boothe will do a good job on him, just like he did with Young in the second half."

Gametime is set for 7:20 pm and the winner advances to the Glaxo eight-team finals where they will play the Montverde-Kinston winner Thursday evening at 9:00 pm.

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