Davis off to slow start in region; Region 5 play getting underway
by Josh McFadden
High school coaches will tell you that region play is more important than the non-league games. Though non-region play helps you work out some kinks and learn about your team, it’s in the region battles where teams begin to position themselves for the state tournament.
Davis is finding Region 1 to be tougher than the preseason.
As for Viewmont, Woods Cross and Bountiful, the smaller Region 5 made for a later start to league games, but the teams—most of them—have gotten a league game under their belts.
After picking up its first Region 1 win the week before, the Darts fell last Friday to Fremont, 73-68 to drop to 1-3 in the region standings. Davis entered this week 10-4 overall.
The contest against Fremont was a back-and-forth affair the entire game. Davis led at the break 37-33, but Fremont used a 19-11 third quarter advantage to surge ahead. The Darts couldn’t overcome Fremont’s run. Still, the trio of Brendon Redford, Rich Stucki and Josh Sanders impressed once again. They scored 23 points, 19 points and 14 points, respectively. Tyson Garff chipped in 10 of his own. Redford was relentless on the boards as well. The junior racked up a season-high 17 rebounds.
Davis played at Weber on Tuesday, after our press deadline. The Darts will try to get back to their winning ways on Friday when they host Clearfield.
The Vikings ended their long preseason by finally getting into league action last Friday, narrowly falling to Box Elder 68-66. The loss dropped Viewmont to 5-10 overall and ended its two-game winning streak.
The game was tight throughout, with Viewmont grabbing a 20-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, only to see Box Elder pull ahead 31-30 at halftime. The Vikings trailed 51-47 heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t quite pull ahead for good.
Spencer Mackay led the Vikings with 17 points, while Josh Mordue had 16 points. Chandler Cox contributed 14 points and had a team-high nine rebounds and a pair of steals.
Following its game on Tuesday (after our press deadline) with Woods Cross, Viewmont heads to Roy on Friday.
The Wildcats also tipped off Region 5 play last Friday when it traveled to Roy. The Wildcats got off to a slow start, scoring just five points in the first quarter and 19 in the first half. Fortunately, Roy managed just 19 in the first half as well. However, Roy went on a third-quarter run and eventually pulled out a 63-56 win over Woods Cross, dropping the Wildcats to 5-11 overall.
The two-time defending region champion Wildcats were led by Tyler Cowley’s 24 points. They also got 18 from Dax Gorringe and 10 from Mason Cowley. Fifteen of Tyler Cowley’s 24 points came from his five three-pointers.
Woods Cross looked to even its region record on Tuesday (after our press deadline) at home against Viewmont. The Wildcats and Bountiful clash this Friday at Woods Cross.
Because of an odd number of teams in Region 5, Bountiful was left out of the first night of league games. The Braves began their Region 5 portion of the schedule on Tuesday at home against Roy. The big Davis County clash with Woods Cross will be a big one for both teams on Friday. The Braves haven’t beaten the Wildcats since February 2015. Last season, Woods Cross routed the Braves by 15 points in one game and 43 in another.
Bountiful will have entered league play not having seen action in two weeks. So far on the year, Camron Chism leads the team in scoring at 15 points per game. Brig Willard isn’t far behind with an average of 14 per outing.