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Demon basketball team wraps up Canadian Tour undefeated
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Shamir Davis drives to the basketball during a game in Canada last week.
Shamir Davis drives to the basketball during a game in Canada last week.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Senior guard Shamir Davis poured in 23 points Thursday night as the Northwestern State Demons wrapped up an unbeaten week of basketball exhibition games in their Canadian tour with another hard-fought victory over Victoria Select, holding off a rally for an 85-77 triumph.

A night earlier, NSU edged Victoria Select 82-77. In the final game of the tour, the Demons built an 18-point second-quarter lead and were up by 14 at halftime, but weathered a Victoria Select comeback within 67-63 as Davis, fellow senior James Hulbin and redshirt freshman Jalan West made plays down the stretch to help preserve the lead.

Hulbin, who had 30 points on Wednesday night, scored 14 with five rebounds and two blocks Thursday night. West, who pitched in 20 a night earlier, added 12 points and six assists while blocking a shot. Davism making 9-of-14 shots inside the 3-point arc, had two assists and three steals.

Senior center O.J. Evans recorded a team-best seven rebounds while sophomore Marvin Frazier snagged five. Gary Stewart scored nine points.

“We did a good job of competing at a high level all week and especially in these last two games. Victoria Select was a very talented, well-coached team and we had to find ways to win,” said 14th-year NSU head coach Mike McConathy.

“Our defensive intensity was real good early and it helped us get up by 18. Like good teams do, they came back and made a hard run at us and we had to hold them off at the end. We got big plays from West, Hulbin and Davis with some big buckets in the final 3-4 minutes enabling us to prevail,” he said. “It was a great experience for us.”

The Demons opened the tour with a 105-40 rout of Quest University last Sunday. On Tuesday night, they subdued Victoria Island University's Mariners 89-71. Their four-game scoring average was 90.3.

“I've seen enough to believe we may be as deep as we've ever been and we have really good team speed, probably more than ever at all spots on the floor,” said McConathy. “Watching what we were able to do without the three newcomers (junior forward DeQuan Hicks, junior guard Brison White and freshman forward Brandon Williams) who weren't able to travel excites me about what we can be when we add them into the mix.

“Patrick Robinson and Gary Stewart did a nice job and stepped up when we needed veteran leadership. Marvin Frazier showed his shooting is much improved and he's more aggressive. He had some nice blocks, rebounded well and is very capable.

“James was really consistently good offensively in our last three games. If he can improve his rebounding and be a little more physical, he can have a special senior year.”

Hulbin's scoring consistency was probably the second most-noteworthy trend of the tour behind the explosive production of the guard tandem of Davis and West.

“Shamir and Jalan really complemented each other,” said McConathy. “Shamir played like a senior All-Southland Conference guard ought to, was really tough and showed great leadership and unselfishness. Jalan was very good and it was great for him and us to have the opportunity to get this kind of experience for him so he could be in a really strong position to have a running start to our season in November.”

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