KAYSVILLE -- You don't often see the dynamic duo of Davis guards Abel Porter and Jesse Wade on the bench at the same time -- especially in the third quarter.
Although Porter took a seat with foul trouble and Wade watched due to injury, Davis still had enough firepower to hold off Weber, 66-55, as the second half of Region 1 play began on Tuesday evening.
Wade tweaked his ankle last Thursday, struggled, but played on Friday against Layton, showed up in a boot and street clothes on Tuesday and will be evaluated today, officially a game by game decision as far as his availability later this week.
Porter was whistled for his third foul at 4:51 of the third quarter, with Davis up by five, but senior co-captain Matt Morrell quickly filled the void by two three-point plays, a triple from beyond the arc and a bucket and one to key a 10-3 Davis spurt.
Morrell finished the night with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and just missed a double-double by hauling down nine rebounds.
While Porter and Wade guarded the bench, senior center Elijah Kletzli roamed the paint and tallied a monster game of 28 points, including 8-of-9 from the free throw line and pulled down 16 rebounds in a dominating performance.
"That was impressive; he had a big game," said Davis coach Jay Welk. "He is an athletic guy, a high flyer. We just tried to go where we had a little advantage. He is a tough guard."
Despite the foul trouble, Porter was still able to net double figures at 12 points and led the Darts in assists with five.
Weber (4-13 overall, 1-6 league) stayed close in the first half, holding Davis (15-1, 7-0) to 23 points, even though the Warriors only shot 28.6 percent from the floor at the break.
"They are not a bad basketball team, their record just doesn't show it," Welk said. "They have been competitive in most of their games this year."
But, after Davis went on the third quarter run, Weber never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
"They kept coming, trying to gain momentum, but I was proud of our kids; they made some plays when they needed to," Welk added.
The Warriors were led by sophomore guard Grant Ellison, who scorched the nets for 23 points on 9-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line and Carson Bischoff, who checked in with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Bountiful 69, Kearns 52: At Kearns, junior Zac Seljaas scored 22 points, including four 3s, leading Bountiful to its 28th consecutive region victory.
Bountiful doubled up Kearns in the first half, 30-15, and cruised the rest of the way.
"They just don't buckle under pressure," Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell said. "They don't fold. They relish the moment."
Layton 67, Syracuse 50: At Layton, senior Mike Hibbert and junior Jarriesse Blackmon tallied double-doubles and Layton used a third-quarter surge to put Syracuse away 67-50.
The Lancers, trying to avenge a disappointing loss at the Titans to start region play, outscored Syracuse 21-7 in the third quarter.
Hibbert finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds while Blackmon added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
"We wanted to have a great start to the second half of region," Layton coach Kelby Miller said. "Also in the back of our mind was (the last) game (against Syracuse)."
Clearfield 35, Cyprus 24: At Cyprus, senior Marquis Jones scored a team-high 17 points and Clearfield snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 35-24 win at Cyprus.
Senior Cody Gypp added eight for the Falcons, who won for just the second time this season.