ROY -- After four consecutive blowouts, the Davis High boys basketball team looked to have number five well in hand Thursday night.
The Darts will have to settle for just winning the game.
Playing the second of a back-to-back against a Roy team off to its best start since the 2006-07 season, Davis jumped out to a 20-point lead late in the third quarter before narrowly hanging on at the end to defeat Roy 63-62 at Ted Smith Gymnasium.
"I don't think we managed the game as well as we needed to manage the game," Davis coach Jay Welk said. "We just didn't do some things down the stretch. We didn't defend very well, we didn't make free throws. We had opportunities from the line and we just didn't take advantage of those down the stretch."
Davis senior Abel Porter scored a game-high 25 points and senior Elijah Kletzli posted a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) for the Darts, who defeated their previous four opponents by an average of 26 points.
Senior Brekkott Chapman led Roy with a double-double of his own (24 points, 11 rebounds), and also recorded four blocks - including three in the fourth quarter as the Royals mounted their comeback.
Roy had previously won six straight.
Davis (6-1), now winners of six straight after a season-opening loss at Alta, appeared to have the game well in control with a 54-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
But not even three minutes into the final period, Roy (6-2) had whittled the Darts' lead down to just 12 on back-to-back 3s by junior Cody Hobbs and Chapman.
With Roy continuing to hack into Davis' advantage, Porter turned the ball over with 31.4 seconds left. Hobbs then hit another 3 to pull the Royals within three at 62-59 with 22.5 seconds remaining.
Porter had a chance to all but ice the game with a pair of free throws with 19.3 seconds left, but he missed them both. Chapman, who had made three 3-pointers in the game to that point, missed on what would have been the game-tying 3, and Davis senior Spencer Duke finally finished Roy off with a game-clinching free throw with 7.2 seconds left.
Roy sophomore Dakota Nalder hit a 3 at the buzzer.
While frustrated with the fourth-quarter effort, Welk believes this can still be a learning experience for his team.
"This is a good opportunity for us," Welk said. "We played back-to-back, played last night, have to come here to a pretty hostile environment -- a good 4-A team that I think will be in the mix in 4-A no question about it. But we just got to learn to manage the game better late."
Roy jumped ahead 5-0 early, but Davis responded with a 19-7 run to close out the first quarter.
A 7-2 run to start the second quarter put Davis ahead by 12 at 26-14, with the Darts frequently finding Kletzli behind Roy's zone for easy baskets. Kletzi had 10 of his 17 points in the first half.
Chapman almost single-handedly kept Roy in the game with 16 of his team's 23 total first-half points.
Porter, who had been largely silent in the first half with just six points, scored 11 in the third quarter to help Davis balloon its lead to as many as 20 before Roy outscored the Darts 26-9 in the fourth.
"They kind of went into a different defense and I think we just lost our mindset of attack, attack -- and yeah, they forced some turnovers and made some big plays," Porter said.
Davis junior Jesse Wade, who recently committed to Gonzaga, finished with 10 points.
* BRIGHTON 59, WEBER 57: At Pleasant View, the Bengals and Warriors staged a barn-burner, with Weber dropping a two-point heartbreaker.
Down but seven at the half, the Warriors got back into the contest with 36 points after the break.
Brighton was led by Osa Masina, who had 10 points and seven assists, and Eric Bennion, who tallied 14 points and five boards. Chandler Gee added 10 points, while Derek Devashrayee chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.
Weber countered with a 13-point, 10-steal night from Carson Bischoff. Grant Ellison added 13 points and five rebounds, while Nick Austin added 10 points for the Warriors.
* SYRACUSE 73, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 55: At Salt Lake City, the Titans got off to a great start at West High's Panther Classic.
With Braden Hall leading the way, Syracuse burst out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter. The LCA Eagles battled gamely the final three quarter, but could only make a small dent in the lead.
Josh Herfel scored a dozen points and dished out seven assists, while Michael Phelps added 10 points and five rebounds for Syracuse. In all, nine Titans found the scoring column.
Gerardo Munoz scored 17 points for LCA, while Christian Musoko added 17 points and six blocked shots. The Eagles take on West tonight.
* SKY VIEW 65, BEAR RIVER 50: At Garland, the Bobcats extracted a little revenge in the opening game of the Bear River Winter Classic.
Bear River won a triple-overtime battle at Sky View in the first game of the year, but this time around it was the Bobcats who steadily built the lead.
Bryan Dority and Riley Panter had 18 and 14 points, respectively, and combined for six 3-pointers for Sky View. Bryce Mortenson added a dozen points.
Parker Lewis led the Bears with 18 points in the loss. Landon Cornwell added a dozen points.
In other games, Snow Canyon edged Viewmont 73-71, and Logan lost its first game of the season, a 50-47 battle to Elko, Nev.