KAYSVILLE After leading No. 5 West Jordan throughout its nonregion tilt Friday evening, top-ranked Davis suddenly found itself on the brink of defeat.
West Jordan had weathered a number of storms to stay within striking distance, and the Jags took a 56-53 lead with 2:35 remaining when senior guard Tanner Connors buried a straightaway three-pointer.
But with the game on the line, Davis seniors Connor Van Brocklin and Mitch Florence didn't flinch.
Van Brocklin and Florence drained back-to-back three-pointers to put the Darts back in front, and Davis held on for a pulsating 64-59 win.
"Coach Welk always tells us, 'No matter what, if we have our shot, take it,'" said Florence, who finished with 10 points. "That's mine and Connor's shot, and we just stepped up and did it."
If you didn't know any better, you might've thought there was a hotly-contested region contest or even a playoff game going on inside Davis High's gymnasium.
Both coaches were pleased to have their teams play in that kind of environment, and Davis coach Jay Welk was just happy to have his team escape.
"I feel very, very fortunate to win. Very fortunate," he said.
Davis forward Jackson Stevenett led all scorers with 22 points, and guard Chase Flint added 13.
Behind Stevenett's hot hand early, Davis jumped out to a 17-10 lead at the end of the first and essentially maintained that advantage into the fourth quarter.
However, West Jordan just kept grinding away, and it made its move early in the fourth behind junior Jordan Weirlick, who was sensational in the second half.
Weirlick single-handedly led West Jordan on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 53-53, and Connors' three-pointer put the Jags ahead, albeit temporarily, right after that.
West Jordan coach Scott Briggs, though obviously disappointed to lose, walked away feeling happy about his team's performance.
"I just said to them, 'Being on the wrong end, plays for the winning team are magnified,'" said Briggs. "They hit a couple of big shots (and) did a couple of things down the stretch that were just big for them. With us being on the wrong end, you lose sight of how many big plays we made.
"We had some kids make some big-time shots. (And) defensively, we were pretty solid."
Weirlick, who fouled out late on two questionable calls, finished with 19 points, despite nursing a hip flexor. Connors also had 19 points, and Rayes Gallegos added 13.