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DAVIS HOLDS OFF A.F. RALLY FOR VICTORY

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At times Davis' Kelby Miller was unstoppable Saturday night against American Fork.

He burned the Cavemen inside, scoring 16 of his 21 points in the second half. Four of his six rebounds, were offensive, that he turned into seven of his points.But none of what Miller did throughout the game was bigger than what he did with four seconds left in the game.

The Darts were clinging to a 78-76 lead and were set to inbounds the ball under the Cavemen basket. American Fork's defense had everyone covered and with the five-second count to four, Davis' Ben Warden tried to hit Miller, who was at half court, with a long pass. Warden's pass however, sailed over Miller's head. The race was then on.

If the ball goes out of bounds, the Cavemen would get the ball back under their own basket with four seconds left to set up the game-winner.

If Miller even gets a hand on the ball, American Fork would still have to go the length of the court to get off a good shot.

Miller leaped into the air over the Darts' baseline, and not only got a hand on it, he threw it back to a teammate before crashing into the wall.

It took Miller a few minutes to recover after meeting the wall, but American Fork never could as Davis held on for a 79-76 win.

Miller's save went to Chad Bessinger who was then fouled.

Bessinger made one of two free throws to seal the win."That was a big play. He made a heck of an effort just to get to the ball," said Davis coach Jay Welk.

Davis jumped out to a 20-9 first-quarter lead and maintained an 11-point lead through the first half thanks to a sizzling 80 percent shooting in the first half. The Darts hit on 12-of-15 shots from the field, including 4-for-4 from the 3-point line.

"I didn't think they were ever going to miss in the first half," said American Fork coach Bob Eckles. "We just waited too long to play, but I was proud of the way our team played in the second half. That was as good as we've played all year."

Davis threatened to blow the game open early in the third quarter when a Tyler Finlinson 3-pointer gave Davis a 49-35 lead. But American Fork battled back with pair of B.J. Eckles 3-pointers and the return of James Bromley, who missed most of the first half after picking up three quick fouls.

Bromley scored 11 fourth-quarter points, but it wasn't enough.

For the game, Davis shot 66 percent from the field, while American Fork shot 46 percent. "That's the difference in the game right there. We haven't shot close to that well all year," Welk said.

Miller led the Darts with 21 points. Bessinger finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Cavemen were paced by B.J. Eckles with 15 points, on five 3-pointers. Matt Bowen added 14 and Bromley chipped in 13.

Elsewhere in the state:

Lutheran Lynx Tournament

Waterford 54, S.L. Lutheran 45

Grant Goodson and Matt Wade each chipped in 11 points as the Wolves defeated the host Lynx for the championship of the Lutheran Lynx Tournament. Waterford pulled away in the second half after holding the Lynx to just six points in the third quarter.

Meridian 69, West Desert 43

In the Lutheran Lynx tournament consolation game, Meridian breezed by West Desert thanks mostly to the hot hand of Vaughn Harley who scored 37 points.

St. Joseph 72, Green River 66

At Green River, Roy McEntee drilled 32 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Jayhawks past the Pirates. Ryan Parsons, 23 points, and Justin Carter, 22, paced Green River.

South Summit Holiday Tournament

South Summit 67, Rich 59

Jake Aplanalp paced the Wildcats with 17 points and teammate Elroy Horton added 14 in the win over the Rebels. Van Cornea led Rich with 14 points.

Parowan 81, Bryce Valley 57

At Parowan, Chad Wilson and Alan Crisp combined for 34 points to help the Rams improve to 3-0 in the preseason. Bryce Valley's Walond Brinkerhoff led all scorers with 29.

Payson 80, Union 62

At Union, the third-ranked Lions made easy prey out of the Cougars. Jared Nielson had a game-high 24 points, Lincoln Taylor added 16 and Joel Ockey had 15 as Payson improved to 3-0.

Rowland Hall 57, Tabiona 54

At Rowland Hall-St. Mark's, Bob Lonergan sparked 1A's third-ranked Winged Lions to a tight win over Tabiona. Michael Thomas had 10 points for Rowland Hall.

Manti 57, North Sanpete 52

At North Sanpete, the fourth-rated Templars upset 3A's No. 4-ranked Braves. Manti outscored North Sanpete 22-8 in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 44-35 deficit at the end of the third. Manti's Greg Jacobsen led all scorers with 18, while P.J. Steadman added 14 for North Sanpete.

Laker Classic

Provo 67, Bonneville 59

Kris Cox scored 21 points, including five treys, to lead 4A's second-ranked Bulldogs to the championship of the Bonneville Laker Classic. Dan Stitzer chipped in 17 points for the host Lakers.

Box Elder 61, Tooele 57

In the consolation game, the Bees had a big night from Mark Larsen to down the Buffaloes. Larsen nailed six three-pointers en route to a 26-point performance.