BOUNTIFUL – Both the Viewmont Vikings and Davis Darts remained unbeaten early in the boys’ basketball season, picking up a pair of wins each in last week’s games.
Meanwhile, Woods Cross’ only game was a close loss to Syracuse, and Bountiful dropped a pair of tough games to Bingham and American Fork to fall to 1-2.
The Vikings got their season started on the right foot after knocking off Highland and Layton last Wednesday and Friday in their first pair of games this season. The scoring for the entire team was consistent. Players nabbed 67 points in the Highland win (a game that went into overtime) and 64 points in the win over Layton.
Jarom Tye and McKay Butler were the top two scorers during both games, scoring at least 10 points per game. Tye’s week ended with a 21-point, 10-rebound effort in the win over Layton, and Butler’s best game came against Highland when he scored 17 points with six rebounds and five assists.
After picking up a nine point victory over a top five team Tuesday, the Darts went right back to the basketball court Friday to take on the Cottonwood Colts.
With consistent scoring on offense and a stingy defense, Davis scored at least 16 points in the first three quarters and took home a 67-43 win to improve to 3-0 this season.
Among the nine players who scored at least two points for Davis, Abel Porter led the charge with a game-high 16 points. He also had four steals and three assists in the win. Jesse Wade and Alex Morrell also scored in double figures, getting 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Zac Fuller only scored two points in the game, but was the top rebounder with seven in the win.
After Woods Cross opened the regular season last Tuesday with a win over Skyline, the Wildcats went up against Syracuse last Wednesday in the only game they played for the entire week.
With scoring very tight through most of the four quarters, Syracuse’ 11-6 outscoring of Woods Cross proved to be the biggest difference in a 49-46 loss by the Wildcats.
Woods Cross had a pair of players score in double figures that night, led by Luke Jowers’ 12-point effort. Hayden Grant finished with 11 points, and both Grant and Jowers nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the loss.
Syracuse’s main scorer that night was Diante Mitchell, who scored a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds in the win.
Bountiful’s opening season win over Northridge on Tuesday, Nov. 20, was the first of many tough preseason games the Braves faced early in the season.
After dropping to the Miners by 10 points last Tuesday, the Braves went up against American Fork Friday hoping to rebound from the tough loss.
Instead, Bountiful lost its second straight as the Cavemen won 48-44.
Zach Seljaas and Sam Merrill led the scoring charge for the Braves, scoring 14 points a piece. Pere LeSueur scored six points in the loss.
American Fork’s Ryan Andrus scored 29 points with nine rebounds in the win, and no other player scoring more than six points that night.
The Vikings and Wildcats will face each other Thursday night at Viewmont High School. Bountiful will play the first of three games at the Great Western Shootout Tournament, held at Orem High School, starting Thursday night against Denver East, Colo.
Davis will have a Friday date with the Bingham Miners at Bingham High School.
All games will tip off at 7 p.m.