Prep basketball: Darts back atop Region 1 with victory

Feb 1 2013 - 11:30pm

KAYSVILLE -- Davis is back in the driver's seat.

One game after falling into a first place tie, the Darts are again leading the Region 1 pack following a come-from-behind 60-53 victory over Syracuse and Northridge's loss at Layton on Friday evening.

Down 41-37 early in the fourth quarter, the Darts used back-to-back dunks by Braden Koelliker and Cole Hally to fuel an 11-0 run and hold off the Titans as the second half of league play begins.

"Dunks really pick the crowd up," said Davis coach Jay Welk. "We hear an increase in the noise level, not necessisarily anything specific. We were able to respond to the crowd in a great high school environment."

Hally scored seven points during the run and nine (three dunks and a 3-pointer) in the period before fouling out with 1:34 remaining in the game.

"That 3 was huge; and he had the confidence to take it," Welk said. "He was also much more aggressive in the second half going to the basket. Any number of players can give us a spark and Cole picked us up tonight. We have guys on the perimeter that they have to guard and then it opens up the middle so we can do something inside."

"We don't care whether it's a dunk, a layup, a jumper or a 3-pointer; we just want a shot that's open, in range and on balance," Welk added.

Junior point guard Abel Porter led the Darts with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field while sophomore running mate Jesse Wade checked in with 12. Hally finished the night with 13 counters.

For the Titans, Diante Mitchel netted 14 points and Michael Phelps splashed in 11.

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