CCA’s Davis looking to step up his play

CCA junior Ethan Davis drives to the basket during Tuesday’s home game against Brethren. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Junior Ethan Davis and the Crossroads Charter Academy boys basketball team started the season on a high note.

The Cougars picked up a hard-fought 58-52 win over Northern Michigan Christian on Dec. 5 to win their first game.

Since then, the Cougars have struggled with inexperience and haven’t found consistent scoring behind junior Britton Angell. Davis did his best to help with that on Tuesday, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 67-61 loss to Brethren.

“We had two starters down and we needed to guys to step up,” Davis said. “So I felt like I had to try to step up the way coach wanted.”

“We’ve been waiting for Ethan to kind of break out and do that,” CCA coach Jason Kostecki said. “We know that he can get to the basket and attack the baseline. If we can continue to do that with him I think we’re gonna have some success with him this year.”

As one of the most experienced members of his team, Davis aspires to be a leader for the Cougars.

“I just want to stay confident and be positive for everyone,” “ Davis said. “I don’t really care how I do as long as the team wins.”

Having a dynamic player like Angell on the team opens up opportunities for players like Davis to excel on the court.

“Britton’s a killer player,” Davis said. “Teams just have to double-team him, which is going to leave one of us open. He’s doing well for himself but he’s also making us better, which is awesome.”

Davis believes in himself and his team, noting that doing the little things and cleaning up mental errors can go along way towards making the team better.

“We just need to listen to coach better during timeouts and halftime,” Davis said. “Our mental mistakes are killing us. Once we figure out what we need to do mentally and figure out the smart passes to make, I think we’ll have a good season.”

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