KAYSVILLE — Everything seemed out of sync Wednesday night at Davis High.

The scoreboards in the gym were slow to update, the buzzers were out of sync, easy dunk attempts were missed, and Davis and Bountiful combined for 52 fouls and 39 turnovers in a chaotic contest. 

Davis junior guard Jake Sampson, however, was in postseason form.

In his first varsity start, Sampson scored 31 points and made nine 3-pointers, the last one proving decisive late in overtime of a 79-75 win over the Braves.

Sampson found a home in the corner and went 9 of 15 from downtown. The nine 3s in a game is tied with about 20 other people for the fourth-highest single-game tally in the state's history.

"I have to give it to Bountiful first. They played a great game. I just try to come in loose, not try to get my nerves too high or too tight," Sampson said.

Trailing 75-74 in overtime, Sampson was somehow left open in the left corner and drained a long ball. The Darts' defense clamped down on Bountiful's next possession and secured the win.

At one point in the first half, Sampson had 14 of the Darts' 28 points as they led 28-14. They seemed to be in control until Bountiful switched to an aggressive zone defense and pulled within six at halftime. 

Key players were in foul trouble for both teams. Davis guard Tyson Garff played sparingly in the first half as he picked up three fouls. He played the rest of the game and ended with 20 points.

Bountiful guard Brig Willard also sat a lot of the first half with three fouls. He quickly picked up his fourth early in the second half on a technical foul after hanging on the rim after a missed dunk and later fouled out with an efficient 18 points.

"I told Mike (Maxwell) after the game, I said, 'I like playing you guys because it's just so chaotic sometimes and our guys have to figure it out,'" Davis head coach Chad Sims said.

"Playing a team like that's going to prepare us for anybody we play in the future."

Both teams ended up shooting better than 50 percent from the floor (53.8 percent for Davis, 51 percent for Bountiful).

Rob Whaley, a big sophomore post, led the Braves in scoring with 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He paired that with 11 rebounds, four blocks, an 8 of 11 mark from the foul line and a sense of control in the paint. Junior guard Camron Chism dropped 20 points on a 7 of 9 clip.

Chism tied the score at 68-68 with a layup and overtime followed.

Like his Davis counterpart, Bountiful head coach Mike Maxwell said there's a lot to take from the game.

"We don't win trophies in November, we don't win them in December, but we play these kind of games so we can win them in February and March. This is how you win region and state," he said.

As overtime wound to a close, Whaley missed a free throw, Davis quickly passed up the floor and Sampson was left open in the corner. Everybody sort of knew what was going to happen next.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @patrickcarr_ and on Facebook at facebook.com/patrickcarr17/.

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