KAYSVILLE – The Davis Darts boys’ basketball team was missing a key piece on the floor Friday night when they faced Northridge in a Region 1 battle.
With Jesse Wade out and on a “game to game” status, the rest of the Darts stood their ground, holding the Knights to 12 first-half points on their way to a 52-29 victory.
“He’s a guy that’s done a great job for us so far in the season,” said Welk of Wade. “Really we had two guys out, both of them guards that are pretty good guys. You have some adversity like that against a team that beat us twice last year, and we knew it was going to be a little difficult.”
The offense for Davis got off to a slow start, scoring only six points in the first quarter but still holding a lead. Not having Wade on the floor, in combination with a wrinkle in the starting lineup, led to the slow start, but soon turned into an 18 point second quarter.
The scoring outburst, led by Abel Porter, gave Davis a 24-12 lead at the half.
“We shifted some guys into positions that weren’t their natural positions, and it kind of showed offensively,” said Welk. “When we shifted them back to where they normally play, that’s kind of when we took off offensively.”
The Darts carried the momentum into the start of the second half, scoring 18 third quarter points and holding the Knights to only six in the third quarter. From beyond the three-point line, the Knights converted only 22 percent from the floor, going 6-for-27.
For the game, the Knights were held to less than 25 percent shooting on the floor.
The Darts held an opponent to less than 30 points in a game for the second time this season. Their previous effort was against Salem Hills on Dec. 6, a 76-30 win.
Despite the victory, Welk said the Darts still have things to work on before they face region rival Viewmont on Tuesday at Viewmont High School. Davis made only 6-of-17 attempts from the free-throw line, a 35 percent conversion rate.
“We shot 84 percent against Fremont on Tuesday,” said Welk of the team's free-throw shooting. “When you go 6-of-17 the next game, that’s just terrible free-throw shooting and that’s going to cost us somewhere. That’s just stepping up, concentrating and being able to convert those.”
Porter finished with a game-high 21 points and had five rebounds for the Darts. Elijah Kletzli finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, and Matt Morrell scored 13 points with six rebounds in the win.
The Darts will tip off against Viewmont at 7 p.m.