By Josh McFadden
As the week began, the Davis boys basketball team had played three region games. Meanwhile, Bountiful, Viewmont and Woods Cross had yet to begin the Region 5 battles. That all changes this week. With only five teams in Region 5, the Braves, Vikings and Wildcats had an extended preseason. The three teams opened up league play on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Davis rebounded from a 0-2 start in Region 1 and got its first league win of the season last week.
The Darts fell to 0-2 in Region 1 last Tuesday with a 66-63 loss to Syracuse. In a back-and-forth affair, Davis held a 49-45 advantage after three quarters, but a rough fourth quarter doomed the Darts. Syracuse went on a 21-14 run in the final quarter to rally for the win.
Davis moved to 10-3 on the year and earned its first region victory last Friday over Northridge, 67-51. Davis led this one virtually the entire way, jumping out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and 33-18 at halftime.
As a final tune-up for Region 5 games, the Vikings routed Taylorsville 65-29 last Friday, giving them back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Viewmont took care of Highland 63-56 on Jan. 9. The Vikings will enter the region portion of the season with an overall record of 5-9.
Spencer Mackay had 21 points and eight rebounds, leading the team in both categories; he also added five three-pointers.
The Braves were once 5-4 but now sit at 6-8 as they prepared to jump into Region 5 competition on Tuesday against Roy. The game was played after our press deadline.
On Jan. 9, Bountiful lost its second straight game and its fourth in five outings by falling to Olympus 84-70. Of course, there’s no shame in falling to Olympus, which is undefeated this season. Camron Chism, Brig Willard, Camden Jones and Cooper Ohlson each scored in double figures, with Chism leading the way with 15 points. assists and three steals.
Woods Cross tips off its Region 5 slate with a game at Roy on Friday. It will try to snap a four-game losing streak when the two region rivals square off. The Wildcats are 5-10. Of course, replacing the 25 points per game from departed senior Trevin Knell, not to mention fellow graduates Trevor Trost and Cameron Allen, it has been a true rebuilding year for the Wildcats.
Woods Cross fell to Class 6A’s West Jordan last Friday, 69-59, in its only game of the week.