BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE – The Davis Darts boys’ basketball team had an up-and-down 2012-2013 campaign.
After winning 10 straight games and 14 of 15 through the halfway point of Region 1 play, the Darts faltered down the stretch and wound up as a No. 3 seed in the 5A state boys’ basketball tournament.
The result: a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Lone Peak, and a lesson that will be learned as the Darts hit the floor for the 2013-2014 season.
“I think the team got a little confident because we won 10 in a row to start the season,” said Davis coach Jay Welk. “The loss to Weber in overtime was tough on the team; we didn’t deal with that loss very well. It’s something that we need to do as a team this season if we’re going to improve.”
Another tough part of the season was where the team fell after region play was over.
Davis was the No. 3 seed with a 6-4 record, and won its opening round game of the 5A playoffs. In the second round; however, the Darts faced eventual 5A state champion Lone Peak.
“It was a tough draw,” said Welk. “We learned a lot from that game because they were a very good team, and they still are. But we have some good guys coming back that are really going to help us be a better team this year.”
Three of those returning members will be familiar to some.
Abel Porter, who will make the quick transition from the football field to the basketball court, is one of those players. Porter already has been a two-year starter for Welk and the Darts, and his experience and leadership on the team “will be key” to the team’s success.
Jesse Wade also returns for the Darts. Already said to have committed to play college basketball, Wade’s scoring skills and leadership ability will also serve as a nice addition for the team this season as well.
Porter and Wade were Davis’ top two scorers last season, averaging 13.6 and 14.8 points per game, respectively.
Matt Morrell is another player transitioning from football to basketball, and Welk expects big things to come from the senior as well.
“He’s a guy that works hard, they all do,” Welk said. “He’s a big scorer and works hard just like everyone else on the team.”
Jarom Barnes and Jaydon Ryan, each of whom saw limited action last season, are expected to step into their own roles and perform well for the Darts.
A positive for both Davis and Welk this season will be the return of Viewmont High School back to Region 1.
“That’s as good a rivalry as anyone will see in the region,” Welk said. “It was the first time in 24 years of me being at Davis that they weren’t in our region, but it will be nice to have them back in our schedule.”
Welk also said the addition of Viewmont will only make the region stronger, which in turn will make it harder to navigate through.
“What will be important for this team is that we play well together each week, and not look too far ahead,” he said. “Our preseason schedule is brutal, and it will be a real challenge for us before we even get into region play, but I’m really looking forward to the season.”
Davis was 17-6 overall and was 6-4 in Region 1 play.
Darts 2013-2014 schedule
12-3 @ Alta
12-4 @ Brighton
12-6 SALEM HILLS
12-10 @ Olympus
12-18 JUDGE MEMORIAL
12-19 @ Roy
1-10 @ Weber
1-21 @ Viewmont
1-28 @ Syracuse
2-7 @ Fremont
2-11 @ Northridge
2-26 @ Layton
3-3 to 3-8 State 5A Tournament (University of Utah)