KAYSVILLE -- Davis continued their dominance in Region 1 with a 69-49 victory over Weber. The Darts were led by Brian Green with 20 points. Weber (3-12) had a 1-4 region record coming into the contest. But don't let the record fool you. In all four of those region losses, the Warriors had fallen by no more than seven points. "I think we are definitely better than our record," Weber coach Chad Sims said of his team. "We just can't close games." Sims credits experience as one of the major reasons as they have four juniors starting.On the flip side, Davis (12-1) had some of their best basketball in them last week. They had a bye last week and with the seven days off the Darts used that to their advantage.
"We had some of our best practices all year long," Davis coach Jay Welk said. "I was just hoping that we would carry it in the game."
That is exactly what they did and they had success from the very first jump. Davis scored early and often. But in the first quarter, so did the Warriors as both teams made strong plays that had the gym growing louder and louder.
But just as the action heated up on both sides, Davis put the clamps on the Weber offense in the second quarter. With their offense hitting nearly every shot, they used suffocating defense to force Weber to shoot the ball from the outside. The outcome was lopsided as Davis outscored them by 22-8 in that second period alone.
In the second half it was more of the same from the top-ranked team in the state. When they weren't scoring on slashes to the basket, they were kicking it out to their guards for long shots. At the end of the third with a 25 point lead, Coach Welk called the attack off as he went deep into his bench. When the final buzzer went off, Davis had secured the 69-49 victory.
Those 69 points were significant because that was the most points scored since November for Davis. Plus add that to the fact that Davis is actually getting better as they play more in region.
The Darts were led by Brian Green with 20 points and Nick Martineau with 13 points and seven assists. But to Coach Welk, the MVP probably should go to someone different.
"I told the team that if there was a game ball, it would be given to Nate Law," Welk said. "It was the little things that other people do not see. He played well when the ball was down low and he caused trouble on the inbounds."
No matter who you think the MVP is Welk is quick to say that there is no individual who stand out more than the other.
"If I had to pick three players from this team, I'd have a hard time," Welk explained. "All of our players are doing well."
The stats tell the story as Davis is ranked fourth in team scoring in 5A, yet they do not have a single player in the top 20 of individual scoring. That dangerous combination is the main reason that they have only lost once this year.
With the outcome getting better and better, Davis now turns their attention to Viewmont (4-11) on Friday night.