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Mustangs' Davis reflects on 100 wins

The snow and ice that closed Gwinnett County schools Friday also postponed the entire county's high school basketball schedule for the evening.

However, it gave Meadowcreek boys coach Billy Davis a chance to reflect on a milestone.

With the Mustangs' 83-62 win at Brookwood on Tuesday, it marked the 100th victory for Davis since becoming Meadowcreek's coach at the beginning of the 2005-06 season.

"We had some good kids when I came in," said Davis, whose high school coaching career has spanned about 30 years and included stops at Meadowcreek, Avondale and Wadley in Georgia, plus schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and Alabama. "The talent was already there. They just needed someone to guide them, and that's what I've tried to do."

Based on the results, Davis' guidance has been successful for the Mustangs.

Meadowcreek has gone 100-27, including winning the 2006 Region 8-AAAAA championship, with four straight Class AAAAA state tournament appearances — including a quarterfinal appearance — as it reaches the midpoint of Davis' fifth season as coach.

And he's had several talented players to work with in that time, including current Michigan State junior guard Chris Allen and Oregon sophomore guard Teondre Williams.

However, Davis sees this season's team more like last year's 24-7 team — one that doesn't have the marquee-type player like Allen or Williams, but finds ways to win by playing team basketball.

The Mustangs are currently 8-3 (4-1 in region play), including going 3-1 in the prestigious Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Ocala, Fla., with a lineup that boasts four players averaging double-figure scoring — Terrence Glass (21 ppg), John Ruff (14.2 ppg), Lavon Hooks (12.8 ppg) and Aaron Robinson (10 ppg).

They also recently added guard Shaquille Morris, who just became eligible after transferring from Berkmar in the fall. He scored 12 points and dished out four assists in his debut against Brookwood on Tuesday.

"I think that's why we've been as successful as we've been so far this year," Davis said. "We've been able to play more team ball and develop more team chemistry. We don't have to look to someone to score 40 points. We have to depend on each other."