B-A star has cast on wrist

The scholastic career of one of the region’s top boys basketball players might be over.

Bellwood-Antis’ Noah Davis, a two-time first-team Mirror all-star and Class AA all-state pick last season after leading the Blue Devils to the District 6 championship game, has learned the wrist he broke in a game last week will be in a cast until at least early March, after the District 6 finals.

“I’m taking it better than I thought I would. It was tough, especially tonight during warmups. I was on the bench just dribbling the ball the whole time,” Davis said after the Devils posted a road victory at Juniata Valley. “When it’s senior night or the playoffs, you know that it could be the end. But when it happens in the middle of the season I moved up my freshman year with the Worthings [Cameron and Seth], and I didn’t want it to end like this. But I’m trying to stay positive.”

The 6-foot-6 senior was injured Jan. 21 trying to dunk the ball in a 76-41 Inter-County Conference North Division win against Claysburg-Kimmel. Davis, accepting a pass from Steffan Wyland, tried to take off early. He came down awkwardly on his ankle, forcing him from the game, but he also hurt his left wrist trying to break his fall.

“I didn’t think about my wrist at all, at first,” Davis said. “The ankle turned out to be a high ankle sprain. Then I noticed my wrist and thought, ‘That’s not good.’ Originally, they thought it was fractured and I’d be out for three weeks.”

A CT scan showed bone fragments, though. Although surgery isn’t needed, Davis will have to wear a cast for six weeks and then need time to rehabilitate the wrist.

It’s the second straight year Davis has lost time to injury – he missed five games last year with a dislocated finger on his shooting hand but was back in time for the district playoffs.

Davis was averaging 22.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots at the time of the injury. He reached the 1,000-point mark for his career in Bellwood’s season-opener, also against Claysburg and currently has 1,304 points.

Before the season, Davis signed a letter-of-intent to play his college ball at Division II Seton Hill.

“You can tell it’s affecting him. He’s worked hard to get where he is,” Bellwood coach Brent Gerwert said. “I feel very bad for him. But sometimes things happen.”

The Blue Devils are 15-1 this season, going 2-0 since Davis’ injury. Bellwood is leading the ICC North at 9-0 and is bidding for its second straight division title.

Bellwood has advanced to the PIAA tournament the last two years. The Devils will need to reach the semifinals of this year’s 6-AA playoffs to keep that string intact.

“We preach to the kids that you never know what’s going to happen. You always have to be ready. Other people are going to have to step up,” Gerwert said. “We would like to have him, but bad luck happens. What can you say? Obviously, we’re a better team with him, but we’re still a pretty good team without him.”