Davis defense limits Skyhawks to 30 points

Dec 7 2013 - 1:23am


KAYSVILLE -- Like the temperature outside, Salem Hills was in single digits most of the night.

After a 12-point first quarter the Skyhawks couldn't soar above the double figure barrier the rest of the evening, as Davis threw a blanket defense over the ice-cold visitors and flew to a 76-30 victory in its initial home game of the preseason.

Salem Hills shot a frigid 21.3 percent from the floor for the game and had only three field goals in the second half, even with Davis playing subs the entire fourth quarter.

"We want to work to improve as a team," said Davis coach Jay Welk. "We've played three games in four days against good quality schools. We had a good, long practice yesterday and came back with a great performance tonight. We weren't tired and played with energy."

"I thought the crowd was great; they were loud, supportive and filled an entire section across the court, all decked out in their camo MOB T-shirts," Welk added.

Leading 18-12 after the first period, Davis went on an 11-0 run to start the second stanza and finished up 21-4 at the break.

Abel Porter scored 13 of his 19 points for the game during that run, including a trio of 3-pointers.

"He shot 5-of-6 from three-point range for the night," Welk said. "Obviously his shot selection was good and his team mates got the ball to him in the right spots so he could make them. We got good spacing on the floor and it helped us be effective."

If the second quarter was impressive, it was deja vu all over again in the third, when the Darts opened with an 11-1 burst and finished the period on a 24-6 exclamation point.

"I was concerned about how we would come out after the half. After playing a couple of 5-A schools, I hoped we wouldn't let up against a 4-A school and not have the right mindset. Our focus has gotten better each game and tonight we knew our job and went out and did it," Welk said.

With a full lineup of substitutes on for the fourth quarter, the Darts still held Salem Hills to only eight points over the last eight minutes.

"When you bring in a new group of kids it's hard to maintain the intensity but they responded well," Welk said. "To be a good team you have to have that."

Jesse Wade had 17 points for Davis and filled out the stat sheet with a team-high seven rebounds from the guard position, tied for the assit lead with seven (Porter) and had four steals in three quarters of action.

Senior center Elijah Kletzli also scored 19 points for the Darts, including a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor and added five boards.

* BOUNTIFUL 60, VIEWMONT 44: At Bountiful's Viewmont High, the visting Braves picked up a win thanks to a strong final quarter. Sam Merrill scored 16 points, Zac Seljaas added 14 and Trevor Lloyd scored 11 for Bountiful, which outscored Viewmont 19-11 in the final period.

McKay Johnson tallied 14 points to lead Viewmont, while McKay Butler added 11 points and six rebounds.

* MADISON, IDAHO 57, CLEARFIELD 51: At Madison, Idaho, the Falcons fell short in the road battle.

Marquis Jones scored 23 points in the back-and-forth battle. The Falcons went 22 of 33 at the foul line. Cody Gypp added 11 points.

Syracuse is at Skyline, Idaho, in a late game. Clearfield and Syracuse will swap opponents on Saturday.

* ST. JOSEPH 36, WATERFORD 25: At Ogden, St. Joseph's swarming defense in the fourth quarter limited Waterford to just four points and St. Joseph held on for the win.

David Donlevy led the Jays with 10 points; Nick Gruet added nine points.

* TWIN FALLS, IDAHO 56, LOGAN 55: At Twin Falls, Idaho, Jaxton Andersen and Tyler Brimhall each scored 19 points for the Grizzlies in the narrow loss.

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