Boosted by Davidson’s leadership, versatile play, LoyalTees tops Princeton’s bid, syncs

TEEING IT UP: Nick Davidson offloads the ball during a game last year for LoyalTees in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Monday, Davidson had 21 points to help the LoyalTees defeat Princeton Supply 72-47 as they improved to 5-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Aiming to win a fourth consecutive Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League title, the LoyalTees team has encountered a few bumps in the road this season.

The proud team lost 51-38 to the Athlete Engineering Institute on June 24, then lost 65-49 to the Majeski Foundation last Friday night.

But as LoyalTees prepared to hit the Community Park courts last Monday to take on Princeton Supply, one of its veteran stars, Nick Davidson, was unimpressed with the recent setbacks.

“Every loss we’ve had this season, we haven’t had our full roster or we’ve had guys come in late,” Davidson said.

On Monday, LoyalTees were missing some key players in Zahrion Blue and Vince Anfield, which led to Davidson taking on a playmaking role.

“I tried to get the ball around and get everyone involved,” Davidson said. “I wanted TB (Terrance Bailey) to have a good game. We need a lot of TB and he played very well for us.

LoyalTees also got plenty from Davidson as he scored 21 points to help the team win 72-47 and move to 5-2.

“Here and there I was just trying to assert myself where I could,” Davidson said, evaluating his performance. “I was just attacking where I know I can attack if we have a little lull. It’s just trying to go out there and fight.

With LoyalTees up 41-21 at halftime, the team built their lead to 27 points early in the second half and continued from there.

“I want to focus on the second halves with us because we normally start the game well,” Davidson said, reflecting on the victory which saw Bailey score 20 points and Arterio Williams chip in 18.

“Against Majeski we took the lead and then they went on an 11-0 run which was crazy and we could never recover from that. I just want to be able to add to our leads, which is what we need to working right now. Basketball is a game of running, but we also have to maintain our running.

As a mainstay of LoyalTees, Davidson focuses on whatever is necessary for the team to win.

“It’s crazy because I’ve been here so long that my role has progressed,” said Davidson, a 6’6, 220-pound forward who played at Bloomfield College where he scored 1,924 points and assisted the Bears to reach the NCAA Division II Sweet. 16 in 2018 as a senior.

“I just want to apply myself where I can. In close games, I have to hit free throws. We are not really disciplined on free throws. I’ll do them when it counts.

Davidson is confident that LoyalTees will pull through when it counts come playoff time.

“It’s about getting everybody in sync, getting everybody in and playing, and then doing our run like we always do,” Davidson said. “It’s about going to the playoffs with a healthy roster. If we go there with our whole team, I feel like we can beat anyone.

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