Tuesday , January 09, 2018 - 9:53 PM
SYRACUSE — Syracuse’s offense begins and ends every play through a 5-foot-8 senior point guard, Brock Gilbert.
Gilbert scored 10 of Syracuse’s final 13 points, 31 altogether — including the go-ahead free throws in the final minute — and Syracuse improved to 2-0 in Region 1 by beating Davis 66-63.
Tuesday’s game was another chapter in Gilbert’s playmaking prowess. The game itself started and ended on his hands.
“There’s not a lot that surprises me. It’s just amazing the things that he does,” Titans head coach Troy Anderson said.
He scored the team’s first nine points with a couple deep 3-pointers as the Titans led 9-6 early. Gilbert had 15 points when they led 21-16.
Josh Sanders, the Darts’ leading scorer this season, scored Davis’ first seven points in the second half. That seemingly got the Darts’ offense going.
Trey Grossenbach led Davis with 15 points. Tyson Garff had 14, and Sanders scored 11 among five players who had double-figure scoring for the Darts.
Final: Syracuse 66-63 Davis pic.twitter.com/YAuJHoINwr— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 10, 2018
Davis slowly built a lead from two points to eight (61-53) with a few minutes remaining.
That was when Gilbert took over again.
“Give credit to Syracuse. I thought they did a good job executing on their offense,” Davis head coach Chad Sims said. “They hit some shots, some free throws down the stretch and we didn’t stay aggressive offensively,”
Gilbert started with a driving bucket in traffic, then another before a Jared Palmer 3-pointer. Palmer finished with 11 points.
Gilbert added another driving score, then drove and missed — but got fouled and made what ended up being the decisive free throws.
“My jump shots weren’t falling, so there were a couple shots I felt like should’ve fallen, but they didn’t, so I felt like I had to drive more, get to the line and attack,” he said.
Gilbert has 28. Davis still up 1 pic.twitter.com/09qOw59ML4— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 10, 2018
He added nine assists and seven rebounds to his 31 points (he averages 20.5 points, 7.2 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game, the latter of which is absurdly high for an outsized point guard).
It was just the second time Syracuse has ever beaten Davis in boys basketball. The other time came in 2011 when the Titans had a scoreless first quarter, trailed by 22 at halftime and won 49-47 at home.
Syracuse has relied on Gilbert this season for playmaking magic. It’s paid off, and likely will pay off again later this season.
All of a sudden, the team that couldn’t string together consistent results in non-region play is 2-0 in Region 1, with fellow 2-0 foe Layton coming to town Friday.
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