Davis breaks Aurora Christian record with 56-point game
Aurora Christian senior Taaj Davis enjoyed a record-breaking Friday night.
The 6-foot-2 senior point guard set a program single-game scoring record with 56 points in a 102-58 Metro Suburban Blue victory over Bishop McNamara in Aurora.
Davis scored 35 points in the first half and added 21 in the third quarter before he was taken out of the game.
"It was pretty crazy," said Davis, who averages 26 points per game for league-leading Aurora Christian (10-2, 3-0). "It still doesn't seem real. I don't know how to react."
A DeKalb resident who holds an offer from NAIA Culver-Stockton College, Davis shattered the previous school record of 47 points set by Matt Chinois during the 2002-03 season.
"It was quite a show," Aurora Christian coach Dan Beebe said. "Everything he put up ... I mean, it was a smooth 56. It was inside, outside, penetration. He had 6 threes. He played really well."
"I shot the ball well," Davis said. "I just read things and picked my spots. My teammates helped me get to the right spots too. But I just knocked down shots."
Davis has taken on an increased scoring role as a senior following the off-season transfers of leading scorers Will Wolfe and Jaehshon Thomas. Still, he is not necessarily the Eagles' leading scorer every night. For example, in a semifinal victory over Winnebago at the State Farm Classic on Dec. 29, Davis scored 13 points while sophomore guard Danny New led the team with 25.
"It's important that he scores for us but it's not the end-all be-all," Beebe said. "We've got a couple of sophomores averaging in double figures."
Davis said he likes to set the tone for a 12-man team that includes five juniors and three sophomores.
"We have a young team so I definitely feel like I have to lead the team in all facets, just leading by example," he said. "I feel I've been blessed with good leadership skills. Plus, the guys are all playing together, which makes it really fun. We're just going out there and playing for each other every night."