Davis hoops rolling along; mixed results for other teams
By Josh McFadden
It’s early on in the season, but it’s also nice to gain some momentum and to carry that into to league play.
This is exactly what Davis is doing. The Darts won a pair of games this past week, bringing their record to 7-1. Bountiful also won a game, while Viewmont and Woods Cross continue to search for victories.
Since falling to Corner Canyon in their first game of the Utah Elite 8, the Darts have reeled off four straight wins, including wins over East and Viewmont last week.
On Thursday, Davis upended the Leopards 73-58 in a game in which it made 21 more free throws than East. Davis hit 23 of 24 shots from the line, helping to offset on difficult night from the field where it made just 19 of 48 attempts.
Davis jumped out to a 22-12 lead after the first quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way. Josh Sanders poured in 29 points and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tyson Garff contributed 18 points (including four three-pointers) and five rebounds.
The following night, the Darts took care of Viewmont in a low-scoring game, prevailing 52-45. The Vikings held Sanders to 11 points, his second-lowest output of the season. Davis also trailed 22-19 at halftime but outscored Viewmont 33-23 in the second half to pull away. Garff had 21 points, while Trey Grossenbach chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
This week, Davis hosted Roy on Wednesday (after our press deadline) before taking a hiatus until after New Year’s Day. The Darts get back on the floor Jan. 2 when they host Copper Hills.
Bountiful played just once last week, but the team took care of business in an 83-64 rout of Lehi to even its record at 4-4.
The game actually wasn’t much closer than the final score would indicate, and it was all but over at the end of the first quarter when the Braves had built a commanding 22-4 lead. The lead swelled to an insurmountable 43-14 at halftime. In the second half, Lehi made things look a little more respectable against Bountiful’s reserves.
The blowout allowed several Braves to get on the floor. In fact, 12 players scored in all, led by Camron Chism’s 20. Isaac Kime added 10, and Jaxon Wood narrowly missed double figures with nine points.
The Braves will spend this week at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, where they will be among numerous teams from throughout the Western U.S. The team plays four games in Vegas and will wrap things up on Saturday.
The Vikings have dropped four games in a row since opening the season 2-0.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Vikings fell in lopsided fashion to American Fork, 81-51. Things got away from Viewmont early on when it gave up 28 points in the first quarter. The Vikings played more evenly with American Fork in quarter two and three, but the damage had been done.
No one on the Viewmont side reached double figures, but 12 players did get into the scoring column. Parker Kearns and Josh Mordue paced the team with eight points apiece.
Three days later, in the loss to Davis, Mordue and Chandler Cox stood out despite the defeat. Mordue had 22 points, while Cox had 10 points and was active on the glass, snatching 12 rebounds.
Viewmont played at Olympus on Tuesday and hosted Layton on Wednesday. Both games ended after our press deadline. The Vikings next play after Christmas on Dec. 27–30 in the San Diego Tournament.
The two-time defending region champions are struggling through a rebuilding year. The Wildcats are 1-4 as they head to the Tarkanian Class Dec. 19–22.
On Dec. 12, Woods Cross lost to Fremont 68-62 in an overtime heartbreaker. The Wildcats outscored Fremont 15-13 in the fourth quarter to force the extra period, but they couldn’t hang on for their first win since beating Skyline on Nov. 28.
Jake Howe was brilliant in defeat. The sophomore scored a game-high 24 points, including six three-pointers. He also had five rebounds. Mason Cowley had 11 points, and Dax Gorringe and Tucker Goodfellow each had 10.