Davis Should Be Busy for Ailing Ambush

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Ambush reserve Jeff Davis is making the most of his opportunities this season.

Davis has played in only three games this season, but he has two 3-point goals on seven shots. Not bad for a defender.

"I didn't expect to be involved in the offense this much," said Davis, who has piled up all his playing time in the last three games.

Davis should be busy, starting tonight when the Ambush is host to the Kansas City Attack at Kiel Center. With player-coach Daryl Doran sidelined for up to four weeks because of a knee injury, Davis will be pulling a regular shift in Doran's stead.

"That should give a few more of us some more time," said Davis, a former St. Louis University defender out of CBC High. "John Gates and me . . .

"I've already got more playing time than I expected. Daryl sort of threw me in the fire against Cleveland."

In that game, a 28-16 Ambush win on Jan. 8, Doran used Davis to replace the leftfooted firepower of Joe Reiniger, who was injured. Davis responded with a 3-pointer.

Davis came through with his second 3-pointer in the rematch at Cleveland the next weekend.

"The 3-pointers were on the exact same play," Davis said. "Daryl laid the ball off to me on both of them."

Without Doran to set him up for 3-pointers, Davis probably will be more valuable tonight for his defensive contributions.

The Attack (16-6) has sneaked up on the first-place Ambush (15-4) in the National Division of the National Professional Soccer League. …