It brought back memories of his own prep basketball success, and also stirred the emotions of his own father, who never got to see him play high school ball.
“My dad, Rollin Daniel Davis, won a district championship at Manistee, Class B, in 1953,” Dan Davis said. “I won one in ‘83 and ‘84 in Class C Newaygo, then with Matt winning, it was spanning the generations. It was a special game for me, creating that kind of history.”
Rollin Daniel Davis died when Dan was just 13 years old, so he never witnessed his son’s success on the basketball court.
With that in mind, Dan cherishes every moment he gets watching his son, and his daughter, Krysteena, who played on the Bucs’ JV girls team this winter.
“I look back on the high school years being some of the funnest times I’ve ever had,” Dan Davis said. “When we won our first regional game, when we got back to town, they rode us around on fire trucks. It was a big deal for a small school. Now seeing Matt accomplish the same thing, it was just pretty emotional for me.”
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