SYLVANIA - Davenport proved why it is the 11th-ranked team in the country on Saturday evening, holding Lourdes to just 17 first half points while forcing 25 Gray Wolf turnovers in a 67-51 victory at Tam-o-Shanter.
The Gray Wolves shot just 39.2% from the floor for the game, making just 2-of-16 (12.5%) shots from behind the arc.
"We ran into a better team than us tonight," assistant coach LeRoy King said after the game. "Give them credit. We really struggled offensively against their 1-3-1 zone."
Lourdes jumped out to an early 7-2 lead against the Panthers five minutes into the contest before Davenport went on a 19-4 run over seven minutes to take a 21-11 advantage. Four straight points by Alex Davis (Cleveland, Ohio/Nordonia H.S.) cut the deficit to six with six minutes to play before intermission, but the Panthers went on another 9-0 spurt and took a 32-17 lead into the break.
Davenport pushed the lead to 20, 41-21, four minutes into the second half before Lourdes made its first run of the stanza. A lay-up by Corey Harvey (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson H.S.) pulled the Gray Wolves to within 46-33. A 14-6 run by the Panthers pushed the lead to 21, only to see Lourdes make one last push. Five straight points by Elvin Butler (Akron, Ohio/East H.S.) ignited a 10-0 spurt to pull the hosts within 60-49 with three minutes to play. Lourdes could not get the deficit to single digits though.
Davis led Lourdes with the team's first double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Butler also scored 18 points for the Gray Wolves.
Javontae Ford led Davenport (17-4, 10-3 WHAC) with 21 points while DeArmond Davis was perfect shooting the ball and finished with 11 more. The Panthers turned the 25 Lourdes turnovers into 37 points on the evening, shooting 52.1% from the floor as a team.
Lourdes (13-7, 8-5) will look to rebound on Wednesday evening, traveling to WHAC frontrunner Madonna. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. in Livonia, Mich.