I’m just proud of the way the guys played. I think they’re hungry for the opportunity to play in the state tournament, and I’m just proud of how they responded right off the bat. —Davis coach Chad Sims
OREM — The first few minutes were dicey for Davis, during its first-round matchup with Granger on Tuesday, but from there not much of anything went wrong. The result was a 72-48 win and a spot in the quarterfinal round of the 6A state playoffs.
When asked how his team rolled throughout, Davis coach Chad Sims quickly brought up how his players dug a 10-3 hole for themselves starting out. But rather than call a tiimeout to regather his players, Sims opted to let them play throughout it — trusting they would eventually figure things out.
Sims was right.
The Darts suddenly started firing on all cylinders — finishing the first quarter with a 22-5 run, doing their best work from behind the arc. Rich Stucki contributed a couple of 3-pointers during the run for Davis, with Josh Sanders and Tyson Garff each contributing one of their own.
“Our region’s tough, and we’ve been in some of these spots before, and I just didn’t feel it was the right time to call a timeout,” Sims said, referring to battling with top teams like Layton and Fremont in Region 1. “I just wanted them to keep playing and to stay loose. They didn’t panic and they just worked their way through it.”
The Darts didn't let up from the 25-15 margin established after one quarter — scoring 15 more in the third to enter the half up 40-24. They finished the first half with 8-16 shooting from behind the arc, with Stucki scoring 12 of his 17 points in the half, and Garff 15 of his 19.
Things slowed a bit in the second half, although Granger never seriously threatened to overtake the lead, as Davis cruised to victory and the quarterfinal round.
“I’m just proud of the way the guys played,” Sims said. “I think they’re hungry for the opportunity to play in the state tournament, and I’m just proud of how they responded right off the bat.”
Leading the way for Davis was Sanders and his game-high 20 points, although most everyone got into the act in the course of the game. Roulervee Vann led the scoring for Granger with 16 points, with Jason Murillo adding 14.
Davis cooled off a bit from 3-point range in the second half, but still finished with a 13-29 effort from behind the arc, which didn't necessarily surprise Sims.
“We’ve actually shot the ball pretty well the last couple of games. The problem is we got to get stops,” Sims said. “So we’ve been focused on that the last couple of days, and credit the kids for their focus on getting stops.”
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