The Viewmont Vikings outscored top-ranked Davis 12-2 in overtime to open Region One play on a winning note Friday night.
It was a game of streaks and Viewmont got the last one and a 71-61 win to boost their season record to 7-2. Davis drops to 6-2 on the season.Viking coach Clyde Nelson said good foul shooting in the overtime period was the key to the win as Viewmont went 8 for 8 from the line including six-in-a-row by substitute guard Jason Hynek. Hynek also added a lay up off a long rebound as he hit for eight of his nine points in the extra stanza.
For the Darts it was a strange night. Early in the first period center David Isaacson was forced out of the game with a cut across the bridge of his nose. The 6-6 junior missed almost the entire first half. To compound the problem, senior point guard Todd Heath was forced to the bench with his third foul just 10 seconds into the second period and Davis trailing 20-11.
Fortunately for the Darts, Brett Barton and Ryan Hovey picked up the slack in the second period. Barton splashed in a pair of treys early while Hovey knocked in six points in an 8-2 run that saw Davis go up 35-32 at the half.
In the third quarter, the ball began bouncing Viewmont's way. The Vikings went on a 14-2 tear to go up 46-39 before staving off a Davis rally to take a 50-48 advantage on Steve Edgley's buzzer-beating bucket in the lane.
Edgley opened the fourth quarter with another inside bucket before the Darts blitzed back with a 9-0 run led by Isaacson's strong board play. With the score 57-52 and 3:57 remaining, it looked like Davis was finally in control.
But moments later Hovey fouled out allowing Viewmont's Tyler Gledhill to knot the score at 57 on a pair of free throws. Isaacson put Davis back in front by two as he grabbed an air ball for an easy lay-in.
Viewmont's Brad Bodily missed the front end of a one-and-one but teammate John Robison picked off an errant Davis pass moments later and forced Heath out of the game with his fifth foul on a drive to the basket with 1:37 remaining.
"That call under the basket, when we lost Todd, that was the turning point," said Davis Coach Jay Welk after the game. "No question about it, that was it."
Robison hit both ends of the one-and-one to tie the score at 59. The Vikings immediately fouled a Davis player who missed the front end of a one-and-one. Viewmont called time out to set up a final play, but the effort went for naught as Travis Homer blocked Robison's shot at the buzzer.
"We wanted the foul, we didn't want to let them hold the ball," said Viewmont Coach Clyde Nelson. "We got the miss we wanted and a chance at the last shot."
Davis was simply erratic in the overtime period missing badly on a three point shot after getting the tip and then throwing the ball away on the next two trips down the floor. Viewmont got an early bucket from Edgley to gain the advantage and then went perfect from the line as Davis was forced to foul.
"It's always nice to knock off one of the best teams in the state," Nelson said. "It's good for the kids to know they can play with the best."
"We forced them to hurry their shots and took things away inside and it worked," Nelson added.
Despite the early struggle, Welk said he felt good about his team's effort.
"I still felt good half way through the fourth. But give Viewmont credit, they are a good team," Welk said. "They did a good job down the stretch and they took away the inside."
For Viewmont, Andy Jensen led the scoring effort with 14 points. Gledhill added 13 to go with 11 from Robison and 10 from Edgley. Hovey managed 14 for Davis while Barton added 12 and Matt Peterson 10.
Roy 71, Layton 60
At Roy, the Royals' Jason Harrop scored 20 points to go with 15 from Nate Miconi and 12 each from Phil Durbano and Eric Shiffman as Roy cruised to victory over Layton to open league play.
Roy grabbed 23-14 lead after one period and never looked back, out scoring the Lancers in each of the first three periods.
For Layton, Troy Trujillo had 20 to go with 12 from Matt Drake and 10 from Lance Dunkley.
Timpview 80, Payson 76
At Payson, Timpview overcame a strong second-half surge by Payson to take a close victory. Timpview had a 45-26 halftime lead but then Payson stormed back with a 29-point third quarter. Bob Bearnsen led Timpview with 24 points while Travis Parry had 25 and Bryan Nielson 20 for Payson.