OREM — In the second game of the Great Western Shootout high school boys basketball tournament, Davis High was able to withstand a late run by Arizona's Mountain View in taking a 63-56 win on Thursday night.
It was a game that wound up much closer than anticipated after the Darts took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The game was close throughout the first quarter, with the two teams trading baskets before Davis came out on top by a 15-12 margin. The Darts extended that lead to 30-23 during the second quarter, spurred on by Abel Porter's eight points and Cole Hally's eight points at the half.
"That's a top team we played against tonight, a defending state champion, so I was very pleased with how we came out and competed," said Davis coach Jay Welk. "We learned a lot about that team, or at least as much as we could, and they're a very impressive team, so we knew that we needed a good effort and we got that."
The best effort from the Darts came in the third quarter, when they extended their lead to 47-32 entering the fourth period. During the final quarter, they were able to withstand a furious run by the Toros, who closed the gap to 58-54 with three minutes left.
"It got a bit closer than we wanted there and I think we got a bit too tentative, but like I said, that's a quality, well-coached team, so you expect them to keep coming at you," said Welk. "I was proud of how our players withstood that run, and having gone up against a team like that, you improve and you get better as a team."
The Darts were led by Porter's 16 points, with Hally contributing 15 points and Tyson Denney chipping in 14. The Toros were led by Camyn Boone, who led all scores with 25 points while giving a preview of the star player Davis will be taking on Friday night.
"Number 50 (Boone) is a lot like Jordan Loveridge with how he plays and how athletic he is," noted Welk, whose team will take on Loveridge and his West Jordan teammates tonight. "We beat those guys a couple of years back when Loveridge and Jordan Pryor and a lot of them were sophomores, and I remember coming off the court telling them that I wished that they all were seniors that year. Here they are now beating up on the state, so it's going to be a tremendous challenge for us."
Mountain View moves to the loser's bracket, where it will take on Nevada's Canyon Springs.