Darts score early, often to send Jordan home a loser

Jan 4 2014 - 1:06am

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KAYSVILLE -- The Davis High boys basketball team is growing accustomed to running opponents out of the gym.

Friday night in their final non-region game of the season, the Darts added yet another notch to their belts -- this time, 5-A's second-ranked scoring defense.

Junior Jesse Wade scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, helping the Darts to a 36-point third-quarter outburst as Davis decimated Jordan 73-40.

"We got guys that have the ability to score and that's an advantage to have that," Davis coach Jay Welk said.

Davis outscored Jordan 36-12 in the third quarter and 50-20 in the second half after watching an early 18-point lead nearly evaporate completely before halftime.

Seniors Elijah Kletzli and Abel Porter added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Davis, with Kletzli finishing just a rebound short of a double-double.

Tanner Monson led Jordan with 15 points.

Jordan entered the game with the second-best scoring defense in 5-A, allowing an average of just 50.9 points per game so far this season. Early on though, Davis hardly seemed intimidated.

Davis raced out to an early 19-1 lead in the first quarter, holding Jordan to without a field goal for the entire period. Jordan didn't score its first field goal until Spencer Curtis knocked down a 3-pointer over a minute into the second quarter.

After that first basket though, the wheels started coming off for Davis. In almost a complete reversal of the first quarter where Davis outscored Jordan 19-3, Jordan outscored Davis 17-4 in the second.

Welk knew his players were struggling, but he also knew he didn't have to say a whole lot to get them going.

"There was no screaming, no yelling," Welk said. "I think we were all disappointed. This isn't a group of guys that you got to go in and (yell at). They're smart guys."

After scoring six points on six Jordan turnovers in the first half, Davis scored 23 points off of 15 turnovers in the second.

"These guys get it," Welk said. "They realized what they were doing. They know it starts on what we're doing defensively. I thought defensively they did a really good job in that second half."

While the defense was forcing turnovers, the offense was nearly perfect. Wade scored 13 points in the third quarter to lead the charge as Davis shot a blistering 82.4 percent (14 of 17) in the period.

With the win, Davis heads into region play with just one loss for the second straight year. Davis entered region play 10-1 last season before going 6-4 and finishing tied for second in the region.

"You can just throw everything out the window right now," Welk said. "You can throw our preseason record out the window. This is a new season. This is preparation - it's good to go against other opponents - but this is a whole new season. We got to start it on the road and it's going to take a very good effort for us to execute up at Weber. Everybody has new life. Everybody's 0-0 in their minds."

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