Thursday, January 24, 2008

Davis has Hopewell up and running

Hopewell coach Eric Davis credits Dugger Baucom, Davis’ former junior varsity coach at North Mecklenburg High, for much of the team’s success this season.

Davis, though, could make a pretty strong case for area Coach of the Year honors at this point in the season for his own efforts.

Losing two 6-foot-8 players and a 6-5 forward from last season’s team, Davis retooled the Hopewell offense for this season after a four-hour breakfast with Baucom. Baucom currently coaches the most prolific offense in collegiate basketball at Virginia Military Institute, which led the nation in scoring last year.

The Titans went to a high-tempo offense and trapping defense, and it took a few games for the players to find a rhythm. Since starting 2-2, the Titans are 12-1, with consecutive victories at home against Vance and at North Meck.

Facing a big and physical North Meck team, Davis used long-armed guards Alex Godette and Brandyn Curry to make North Meck’s entry passes into the post as difficult as possible, which stalled the North Meck offense. In the 54-48 victory – Hopewell had been averaging 70-plus – the Titans couldn’t run the fast break as much, but still emerged victorious by getting the loose balls, forcing turnovers and with stifling defense.

It was the first victory at North Meck for the team in school history.
Last season, Hopewell made a playoff run that ended one-point shy of becoming one of the final four teams in the state.

This season, mainly through Davis’ coaching, the Titans could very well do the same damage in the 4A playoffs.


Anonymous said...

Hopewell proved that they not only can run the best teams to death, but also beat them in their own half court game.
best fans, best coach, best team.

QCity said...

Hopewell won at North Meck in 2003 if I recall properly...

Anonymous said...


your right, Hopewell swept North in 2003.

Jesus Juice said...

its too bad the team didnt have the fans they had last year, they could be really looking at some intense environments

qcity said...

yeah, it was fun rushing their court. :)