The Davies Eagles boys basketball team have had a nearly perfect start to their 2019-20 season, opening up with eight straight victories. Senior guard Cole Hage and junior Owen Hektner joined Sports Sunday to talk about their great opening.
"Chemistry, the chemistry that we have as a team is very strong because we've been friends for a very long time," Hage said. "On the basketball court we're always picking each other up and we're always getting after each other in practice and practices are usually pretty physical and it helps us and translates to the game usually too."
There was an electric atmosphere at Davies High School on Friday, Jan. 10, when the Eagles took on the Sheyenne Mustangs in a high power affair. It was standing room only as Davies dominated their EDC counterpart from the opening tip.
"I think especially with that game, there was a lot bigger turn out in that game and the students really got into it and it really benefits the player," Hektner said. "It gives us energy and just lets us keep on playing with that intensity."
The Eagles racked up 74 points, while the defense stifled the Mustangs to just 47. With the victory it was seven wins in a row for the top team in North Dakota high school basketball.
"We wanted to be the aggressors," Hage said. "We wanted to go out and try to smack them in the face right away and then keep on going throughout the rest of the game. They're a very good team."
After the win, Davies had a quick turn around. They left for Grand Forks Central to battle the Knights. A shocking final saw the Eagles fall 77 to 69.
"Well I think in the past when we've played Central it hasn't really been a great game so they just came out ready to play and we didn't," Hektner said.
Despite the loss the Eagles know that they are building a better team by seeing the leaders step up.
"Coach Manson didn't say much because he wants to build leaders among the team," Hage said. "We are still trying to get those leaders to pop up and talk to the team because we should be talking to each other and getting that figured out because we want to be a great team."
The Eagles will look to get back to their winning ways, as they face the West Fargo Packers on Tuesday.