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Darts defeat Vikings 58-41

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BOUNTIFUL — All teams know about highs and lows. Some know more about highs and others know more about lows. The Davis Darts are experts on both.

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They started the year with two losses and then won three straight. They followed that with three more losses, but with Tuesday's 58-41 Region 1 basketball victory over the Viewmont Vikings, the Darts have won three straight — and the last three are the most important.

With the victory, the Darts are 3-0 in league play and are one of three undefeated teams in the league. No. 1 Layton is 3-0 and No. 2 Northridge is 4-0.

"We're pleased with that," Davis coach Jay Welk said. "We're the type of team, and I think we've shown it, that we're capable of winning games and losing to anybody. We have to take it one game at a time. I know it's a cliche, but we have to do that."

The Darts (7-5) meet Weber Friday before ending the first half off the season with Layton and Northridge.

Despite a gimmick defense to hold him in check, Davis' Brody VanBrocklin, Class 5A's third leading scorer, paced the Darts with 15 points and TJ Hovey and Jordan Sprague added 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the 17-point yawner.

"We shot well from the beginning. They went to a box-and-1 (defense) on Brody and they worked hard trying to take him away," Welk said. "I thought our other kids responded well, especially offensively. I think they kept their heads about them and showed good patience and took what Viewmont gave us."

The Darts led 10-2 before Viewmont trimmed it to 10-7 with 2:37 left in the first quarter, but Davis went on an 18-3 run over the next five minutes, capped by a VanBrocklin 2-pointer and 3-pointer, to put the game out of reach. They went on to lead by as many as 21 in the second half.

The Vikings (1-3, 6-7) couldn't find any offensive consistency. They shot just 29 percent from the field (12-for-41) and 20 percent (1-for-6) from the 3-point line.

"That's a team that's averaging in the 60's. I felt good about our defensive effort," Welk said.

Reserve Rand Sargent came off the bench to score nine points, and Jake Stapp, who averages near double-figures, didn't score, but had nine rebounds. Jordan Matthews, who missed the last two games with a virus that caused him to lose 15 pounds, led the Vikings with 14 points and James Sukhan had nine.

In other boys games Tuesday night:


NORTHRIDGE 66, WEBER 51: Matt Emadi poured in 32 points and Daniel Coats chipped in with eight points and 10 boards for the No. 2 Knights.

FREMONT 54, CLEARFIELD 45:Jared Lattin scored 14 points to give the Silverwolves their first region win.


OLYMPUS 75, CYPRUS 52:Karlo Precia led the Titans with 17 points. Olympus hit nine three-pointers against the Pirates.

EAST 71, WOODS CROSS 60 (OT):Brock Beck scored a game-high 22 points, but the Wildcats still lost to the Leopards.

MURRAY 76, WEST 61: The Spartans improved to 4-0 in Region 5 as Chase Hyatt and Davis Hansen each netted 17 points. Murray trailed by three after the first quarter, but pulled away from the Panthers with a 20-9 second-quarter spurt.

BOUNTIFUL 55, HIGHLAND 51 (2OT):Jordan Kilgore scored 17 points and Kelly Orchard added 13 as the Braves prevailed in double overtime. Jordan Owen led the Rams with 14 points.


TIMPVIEW 67, PAYSON 47:Ryan Jackson led Timpview with 15 points.

PROVO 75, SPRINGVILLE 48:Danny Robertson scored 23 points, adding nine rebounds and eight assists as Provo cruised in the region opener.


MONUMENT VALLEY 69, ROUGH ROCK 53:Lonnie Deswood scored 20 points and Bruce Bitsinnie added 17 to lead the Cougars.

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