Boys hoops: Region races tighten as postseason nears
By Josh McFadden
The regular season is quickly winding down, and Davis County boys basketball teams are positioning themselves for state tournament berths. Despite some up-and-down moments, Davis, Viewmont, Bountiful and Woods Cross are all in contention to qualify for the state tournament.
Viewmont and Woods Cross
Entering this week, the Vikings had won four of their last five games, bringing their Region 5 record to 4-2.
Last Friday, Viewmont destroyed Roy 80-38 in its second-most lopsided win of the season and its biggest blowout in league play. The game was for all intents and purposes over in the first quarter when the Vikings jumped out to a 20-4 lead. They increased the advantage to an insurmountable 43-15 at halftime. Because of the one-sided affair, Viewmont was able to empty the bench and get a lot of players into the game. Eleven different players scored, led by Josh Mordue, who had 18. Parker Kearns added 15, and Spencer Mackay had 10. Viewmont hit 13 three-pointers in the game.
Three days before the easy victory, Viewmont fell to Woods Cross, which hadn’t won a game in league play. The Wildcats used a big second quarter to fuel a 54-52 win. Viewmont led by nine at the end of the first quarter, but Woods Cross outscored the Vikings 19-8 in the second. Josh Mordue scored 24 points and snagged four rebound for the Vikings. Mackay and Kendall Draxler had eight points apiece.
For Woods Cross, Tyler Cowley had 14 points and five rebounds. Jake Howe and Dax Gorringe had nine points apiece. Gorringe was a pest on defense, collecting five steals.
The Vikings played at Box Elder on Tuesday (after our press deadline) and will then face Bountiful in the regular season finale Feb. 20. The Wildcats began this week 1-4 in league play. They hosted Roy on Tuesday and finish up the week at Bountiful on Friday.
The Braves had a win and a loss last week to keep their region record even at 3-3. Bountiful still has a chance to capture second place as the league schedule winds down.
Last week, Bountiful edged Roy on Feb. 9, 68-66. The Braves trailed 45-41 at the end of the third quarter but outscored Roy 27-21 in the fourth. Brig Willard had a huge night for Bountiful, scoring 30 points. Teammate David Stevenson added 11.
Three nights later, the Braves fell to first-place Box Elder, 69-60, despite 23 points from Willard. Garrett Buchannan was also a big help. The 6-foot-6-inch senior added 12 points. However, the Braves hit just eight of 18 free throws.
The Braves host Woods Cross this Friday in a key game for both teams.
Heading into this week, the Darts were 5-4 in league play, half a game behind second-place Layton and a game and a half behind league-leading Fremont. However, the Darts are tied with two other teams and are just half a game ahead of sixth-place Syracuse. The top four teams in the seven-team region qualify for state.
Davis had just one league game last week, a 68-57 victory over Northridge. The Darts jumped out to a big 40-23 lead at halftime and did just enough in the second half to maintain a comfortable advantage. Davis hit 12 of 13 free throws and shot better than 50 percent from the field. Tyson Garff poured in 21 points, and Josh Sanders contributed 18 points. Trey Grossenbach chipped in 15 points, three rebounds and four assists.
Last Saturday, Davis fell to state power Wasatch Academy 65-51. The Darts displayed resilience in making a big comeback. Davis trailed by 14 heading into the fourth quarter but outscored Wasatch Academy 25-15 in the fourth to make things tight at the end.
Dallin Anderson had 18 points and (all on three-pointers) and collected four rebounds. Rich Stucki had 17 points, and Tyson Garff had 13 points. Josh Sanders had nine assists and three steals.
Davis has a critical week coming up. The Darts hosted Fremont on Tuesday and face Weber this Friday.