KAYSVILLE – A pair of top 5 boys’ basketball teams squared off Tuesday night.
The No. 4-ranked Alta Hawks stepped into Davis High School to take on the No. 5-ranked Darts.
With four of Davis’ five starters all scoring in double figures, the Darts were able to pace themselves into a nine-point victory over Alta, 62-53.
Davis only scored 26 points in the first half, with most of them coming in the first quarter. Braden Koelliker led the way with seven points, and also picked up two big blocks that turned into Darts’ points as Davis took a six point lead into the second quarter.
Second quarter scoring was slim for both teams, which combined to score 14 points total. Five Davis players combined efforts to score nine points in the second quarter.
Jesse Wade started the second quarter by hitting a 3-pointer to give the Darts a nine-point lead early on. Alex Morrell, Dallas Lee, Zac Fuller and Koelliker also scored in the quarter and the Darts took a 10-point half time lead.
Davis’ lead quickly went from double to single digits after the Darts were outscored 17-11 to start the second half. Davis maintained a slim four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the third quarter, Alta’s Trevor Hill and Carter Heslop combined to score nine of the Hawks’ 17 points, but were still unable to catch up to the Darts.
The Darts saved their best offensive output of the night for the fourth quarter, scoring 25 of their 62 points in order to claim their second win of the season. Fuller and Cole Hally combined to score the first six points for Davis in the fourth quarter. Hally went on an individual scoring run for Davis to start the final quarter, scoring seven consecutive points after Fuller started the quarter with a 3-pointer from the perimeter.
Hally hit on a pair of baskets and was fouled on two other shot attempts, and made three of four free-throws.
Wade scored the next seven points for Davis, mostly from the free-throw line.
The Darts forced Alta into foul trouble early in the third quarter, forcing the Hawks to send Davis to the free-throw line often in the fourth. Of the Darts’ 25 fourth-quarter points, 16 were scored via free throws. Davis made 24-of-38 free throw attempts in the game.
For the second consecutive game, Davis had four players score in double figures. Tuesday night’s win was led by Wade, who scored a game-high 17 points with two rebounds and two assists.
Fuller scored 14 points with eight rebounds and four assists on the night, and Hally finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Koelliker was one rebound short of finishing with a double-double, scoring 11 points with nine rebounds on the night.
The Darts’ next three games will all be on the road, starting with the Cottonwood Colts on Friday at 7 p.m. Davis’ next home game won’t be until Thursday, Dec. 20 at Olympus High School.