Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Davis' #23 Tyson Denney ,left, crashes into Riverton's #44 Richard Worsham as Riverton and Davis boys play basketball Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 at Davis. Davis won 57-39.
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KAYSVILLE — Sustaining an early lead, the Davis Darts walked away with a 57-39 season-opening boys basketball victory over the Riverton Silverwolves on Tuesday night.
Davis coach Jay Welk was pleased with the Darts' season debut.
"I thought it was a good start for us," Welk said. "They (Riverton) are one of the perennial teams in Utah, and we were happy to have success against such a good coach and team."
The Darts came out blazing in the first-quarter, jumping to an early lead and outscoring the Wolves 17-5. The deficit would prove unmanageable for Riverton, as the Davis defense was able to stave off any chance of a comeback.
Senior captain Lincoln Holt led the scoring effort for the Darts with 12 points. The tenacious guard earned all 12 from beyond the 3-point arc and opened the second-quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers.
"Lincoln came out hard tonight," Welk said. "On top of the scoring, he did the little things and set the standard for the others."
In spite of the early lead, the Darts were only able to outscore their opponents by a combined total of eight points in the last three quarters. A Riverton rally in the fourth gave them reason to worry and they turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the quarter.
"We definitely turned the ball over more than we would have liked to," Holt said.
The turnovers created a slight momentum shift and Riverton cut the lead to eight points. Coach Welk called a timeout and the Darts utilized the time to regain their composure.
They placed Riverton back on their heels as Nate Coleman subbed in and picked up a quick five points. He sunk a 3-pointer and capitalized on a fast-break layup opportunity, extending the Davis lead to 13.
Prior to Coleman's contributions, a Riverton comeback seemed plausible, but the Silverwolves' experienced a scoring drought for the next several minutes and the Darts ran away with the game.
Alongside Holt, Jace Johnson proved crucial to the Darts' success with 8-points, three assists, and a handful of defensive rebounds. Coleman and Karter Chisholm each added seven points and Tanner Olsen added five in the well-distributed scoring effort.
"We have a lot of great players in the locker room," Holt said. "We have to compete for our minutes each game. We've got a great team."
The Darts are returning just two starters from last year's squad — Tyson Denney and Jace Johnson — and will rely on senior leadership and a slew of young players to get the job done.
"It was a good first win," Holt said. "We have a long ways to go though and we're trying to get better each day."
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Riverton's D Mcleary put up a valiant fight in the loss, leading Riverton with 13 points and eight rebounds. Richard Worsham proved a scoring threat as well with two 3-pointers and 11 points in total. Stephan Holm added nine.
The Silverwolves were determined to rough up the Darts in the fourth period but were unable to capitalize on the Davis turnovers, and the Darts reigned supreme.
Both teams will be back in action next Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Darts are set to take on the Alta Hawks and the Silverwolves will play Judge Memorial.