Bevill State's Duncan makes up for lost time

Sophomore missed bulk of last season due to injury

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 3/1/20

Javon Duncan’s first year with the Bevill State Bears was both difficult and nerve-wracking.

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Bevill State's Duncan makes up for lost time

Sophomore missed bulk of last season due to injury

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Javon Duncan’s first year with the Bevill State Bears was both difficult and nerve-wracking.

Hobbled by a knee injury throughout the majority of his freshman season, Duncan played in just nine games while his team weathered tough times that included an eight-game losing streak.

In contrast, Duncan’s sophomore season has been driven to helping his team succeed. In a reversal of the fortunes of the 2018-19 campaign that saw the Bears lose a play-in game for their only shot at making the ACCC Tournament, Bevill State enters Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup against Chattahoochee Valley as the second-seed in the North Division — all the while Duncan has been key contributor in a starting role for 26 games.

“My freshman season was really tough — especially having to sit on the bench with the injury during the eight-game losing streak. Many of the games during that streak were close and I felt that if I was in the game, I could have done something to help my team,” Duncan said. “When I wear my brace on my knee now, it’s a reminder of where I’ve come since last year to this point. It’s a motivator — sometimes still a painful one — but it also helps me to go out and give it everything I’ve got. I didn’t have that opportunity last year.”

For his part, Duncan has made the most of his sophomore season in helping the Bears attain their success on both offense and defense. With good vision to find open teammates for easy baskets, Duncan is second in the conference in assists at 6.7 per game. On defense, he regularly gives ball handlers headaches with 1.8 steals per game, tying him for fourth in the conference.

With the postseason underway, Duncan knows each game carries the weight of extending his time as a Bear or ending it with a loss. Regardless, his most treasured memories are the times he’s had with his teammates and the success they’ve earned together.

“Being around these guys really means something to me. I don’t show it a lot, but I value how much these guys come out, play hard and support each other, including myself,” Duncan said. “I know in the future it will a be a time in my life I’ll look back and smile when thinking about. I just hope we can end it all with winning a championship.”

The Bears quarterfinal game against Chattahoochee Valley will be a 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Shelton State in Tuscaloosa.