Thiel won the second game against Westminster, which included the former area standouts.
By BILL ALBRIGHT
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Little did A.H. Davis of Boardman and Ursuline's Greg Foster know that when they walked off the floor after facing each other for the final time in high school, it wouldn't be their final encounter.
Every time the Thiel Tomcats have faced the Westminster Titans, the game featured a personal battle between the two former high school standouts.
In the first meeting between the two clubs this season, Davis won the battle with a huge double-double (34 points and 17 boards), while Foster and the Titans won the war with a 94-82 win.
However, in Saturday's rematch, it was a reversal of roles as Foster posted 14 points and an equal number of boards, although the Tomcats prevailed 78-74.
"We have played against each other for the past seven or eight years so I guess it means a little more when I have to go against him," Davis said. "He is definitely one of the dominant centers in the league so it is a tough task to have to face him. He is a great player and it is always nice to go against him because he is so competitive."
Davis and Foster didn't always match up with each other on the floor.
"He [Davis] played outside a lot more [in high school] than he does now," said Foster. "It has actually only been the past two years that we have guarded each other, but regardless of whether we are matched up or not, I always try to play as hard as I can when I go against players from my area."
Foster is the big, physical force on the block, while Davis uses a little more athleticism to get his job done.
"I always try to play physical against anybody I go up against," said Foster. "He [Davis] tried to use a lot of ball fakes on me whereas I try to power through him."
Sometimes shots fall and sometimes they don't. Foster felt that was pretty much the story in the Tomcats win over the Titans Saturday at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
"Their shots started falling and we were having trouble boxing them out [off the boards]," said Foster. "It just seemed to me that every ball in the second half bounced the other way. We just gave them too many second shots and they capitalized on those."
Although Davis finished with 13 points, it wasn't one of his more fluid performances.
"My jump shot wasn't on so I tried to do some other things like get the ball to teammates inside and rebound a little more," said Davis. "When I am struggling, I try to do other things to get my teammates more involved in the game and tonight, it worked out for us."