SALT LAKE CITY – The Darts gave it everything they had in the state 5A semi-final game against Lone Peak Friday night at the Huntsman Center.
The tooth-and-nail fighting the Darts used in order to get a slim lead in the closing minutes of the game still wasn’t enough to overtake the Knights, who used a 13-3 run in the last four minutes of the game to beat Davis 72-63.
The Darts stood toe-to-toe with the Knights through the first half, battling to a 16-all tie after the first quarter and only trailing by five points when the halftime buzzer sounded. Davis hit shots from all over the floor in order to build a small lead, but the Knights closed the first half on an 11-0 run to take the 36-31 lead into the locker room.
Elijah Kletzli was a key player the Knights focused on in the second quarter, allowing the senior to score only two points. In the third; however, Kletzli scored eight points to help keep Davis alive in the game.
Despite all Kletzli’s efforts, Lone Peak kept countering with made shots of their own, scoring 18 points to take a 54-48 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Darts late-game charge started midway through the fourth quarter when Kletzli, Abel Porter and Jesse Wade guided Davis to a 12-5 run, leading to a 60-59 lead.
Davis was held to only three points in the final minutes. Lone Peak took advantage of Davis’s missed opportunities by scoring 13 points to close out the game.
The win for Lone Peak marked the second time in as many years the Darts were eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Knights.
Kletzli led the Darts with 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Porter scored 14 points and Jaydon Ryan scored 10 points in the loss.
Davis ends the season with a 21-3 overall record. They were 11-1 in Region 1 play.