by Josh McFadden
It was a solid week for local high school boys basketball teams last week, as Davis, Bountiful and Viewmont went a combined 3-0. Now that every team is in the throes of region play, the action is heating up. The Class 6A and Class 5A tournaments are just about a month away.
After an 0-2 start in Region 1, the Darts have now won three of their last four games to move to 3-3 in league standings. Heading into this week, Davis was tied for third place in the competitive region. The Darts were just a game out of first place as this week began.
Last week Davis earned a pair of victories: a 61-53 win at Weber and a 62-33 rout of Clearfield at home.
The game against Weber on Jan. 23 was a tale of runs. Davis jumped out to a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Weber fired back to cut the Davis’ halftime lead to just three points, 25-22. Davis got back in control with by outscoring Weber 23-18 in a high-scoring third quarter and held on for the eight-point victory. Four Darts registered double figures in scoring, led by Tyson Garff’s 14 points. He added seven rebounds as well. Josh Sanders and Trey Grossenbach chipped in 12 apiece, and Rich Stucki and Brendon Redford had 10 points each. The duo also had nine rebounds and eight rebounds, respectively.
The Darts may have walloped Clearfield three nights later, but it didn’t start out that way. The Falcons were up 15-10 after one quarter, but whatever adjustment strategies Davis discussed on sidelines in between quarters must have worked. The Darts went on a 20-4 tear. Another 19-6 surge in the fourth quarter accounted for the 29-point romp.
Redford and Garff each had 13 to lead Davis. Stucki had eight points and 15 rebounds. As a team, Davis canned 10 three-pointers in its second-largest margin of victory this season.
The Braves had little trouble in their two triumphs last week, easing past Roy 76-56 on Jan. 23 and taking care of fellow Davis County rival Woods Cross, 80-64 on Friday.
Against Roy, the Braves scored 28 of their 76 points in the second quarter alone, making an otherwise close game a one-sided affair. Last Friday against Woods Cross, the Braves built a 44-23 halftime advantage and rode the strength of a dozen three-pointer to beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2015. Isaac Kime had 16 points, and Willard had 15. Sophomore Camron Chism contributed 14, while Wood tallied 10 on the night.
The Vikings played just once last week, running past Woods Cross 65-46 on Jan. 23. With the win, the Vikings evened their region record to 1-1 and moved to 6-10 overall.
Viewmont had little trouble with Woods Cross, building a 31-22 halftime advantage. By the time the fourth quarter began, the Vikings were in firm control, leading 47-30.
The Vikings emptied their bench in the blowout win, as 11 players got into the scoring column. Josh Mordue was the high-scorer; he poured in 19 points.
Mason Cowley had 13 for Woods Cross, and Jake Howe and Dax Gorringe had 12 points and 11 points, respectively for Woods Cross. The Wildcats have now lost seven in a row and sit in last place in Region 5 with an 0-3 record (5-13 overall). The rebuilding Wildcats host Box Elder this Friday in their only game this week.
After traveling to Roy on Tuesday, Viewmont has the big rivalry game with Bountiful this Friday.