It was an emotional Don Davidson who stepped up the ladder and made the final cuts on the net Friday after his Aurora Christian Eagles claimed a second straight regional title, 58-52 over Genoa-Kingston.
Ironically, it’s the same score AC won by Dec. 29th when beating the Cogs in the third-place game at the Plano Christmas Classic.
It’s the 10th regional crown the school has won in the 31-year tenure of Davidson’s program. It’s the first they’ve won at home and the first Davidson has won since the death of his wife, Stephanie, who passed away last fall.
“It’s been a real emotional year for me,” said Davidson, whose career record now stands at 549-303. “My wife’s funeral was Nov. 3rd and practice began on Nov. 5th. I’m really proud of these kids.”
The team has worn red wristbands citing her favorite Bible verse from Ephesians all season.
“It was one year ago tonight, in fact, when she had surgery on her lung and we got the word that the cancer had spread,” said Davidson. “That was devastating news. The Lord has given me strength and sustained me.”
And his strength has helped his players.
“He’s a man of God and a warrior,” said senior guard Joe Redmond. “He knows it sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. She was with him for a long time. She was his only girl friend. For him to stick with us after what he went through meant a lot to us.”