OREM To say that the Davis boys basketball team outgunned Orem on Saturday would be the season's biggest understatement.
The Darts took the floor and proceeded to steamroll their way up and down the court to the tune of a 92-53 win.
Nothing could go wrong for Davis, especially on the offensive end where it rarely missed a shot, and always seemed to be in line for the rebound when it did. Thirteen players made the score sheet for the Darts, who had Orem thoroughly buried early in the second half.
"This team is very capable of doing that," said Davis coach Jay Welk. "We were able to do some things early that allowed us to dictate some tempo."
Davis' post player Jackson Stevenett led all scorers with 24 points, while Connor Van Brocklin added 16, including some big three pointers in the first half. Only one other player scored in double figures for the Darts, but a lot of role players chipped in some scattered field goals that added up over the course of the game.
Despite the dominant win over one of the better teams in Class 4A, Welk took the time to remind his team that it's early in the season and, if anything, this result will only put a bigger target on their backs.
"We're not going to get too caught up with ourselves," said Welk. "I've coached a long time and a lot can happen. All this means is nobody looks past you. I like our team obviously, but there are a lot of good basketball teams around here."
For Orem, it statistically didn't play that poorly. On most nights the Tigers would probably take 53 points and feel good about their chances, but Davis was piling up baskets so fast that they never had a chance to keep it close.
The Darts jumped out right for the opening tip and had a 25-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Orem went on an 11-0 run midway through the second quarter and had cut the lead to 13 at halftime. Davis opened up the second half with 10 unanswered points and had a 68-38 lead by the fourth quarter.
Even when the Darts cleared the bench and put the reserves in for the final period, they still scored 24 points and pushed the lead into the 40s.
"Orem is not an easy place to play," said Welk. "We knew these guys were capable. We just have some very capable guys and that's tough to defend."