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5A high school basketball: Alta's Kyle Davis dominates inside as Hawks move on

Alta's Kyle Davis makes his way around two Skyline defenders for a basket in the 5A quarterfinals in Ogden.
Alta's Kyle Davis makes his way around two Skyline defenders for a basket in the 5A quarterfinals in Ogden.
Mike Terry, Deseret News

OGDEN — Alta center Kyle Davis did it all on Wednesday night. He had a steal that led to a breakaway dunk. He controlled the paint on both ends of the floor. He even made a 3-pointer.

Most importantly, in the Hawks' 63-54 win over Skyline in the 5A quarterfinals, Davis used his 6-foot-7 frame to get close-range shots against the smaller Eagles and help Alta prevail in yet another close game.

"I knew I'd have a height advantage over them," Davis said. "The way I look at games is I just got to do what I got to do to help my team out. I felt like I could exploit them with my height. In the first half I didn't do it well enough. In the second half I came out with a new attitude and went at them a little bit harder."

Davis dominated Skyline, finishing with 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. He scored 20 of his points during the second half as the Eagles simply didn't have anyone to keep Davis away from the basket.

"He finally got inside and started finishing," Alta coach Jim Barker said of Davis. "When he started to get a little deeper, things opened up for him."

The Hawks needed things to open up for Davis to survive the Eagles' upset bid.

"We slowly started to get a couple things going (in the fourth quarter),' Barker said. "I thought, 'We're OK.' We calmed down. Guys weren't pressing anymore. About halfway through the fourth quarter, we got back to running our stuff and doing what we needed to do."

Sophomore Jaden Jackson kept the Eagles in the game until the final minutes. He scored a team-high 20 points and had three assists and three steals. He made a layup with 3:50 remaining to get Skyline close at 54-52.

Alta's defense, however, tightened up and didn't allow another basket. Skyline missed its final nine shots, but still earned the Hawks' respect with its effort.

"They played great," Barker said of the Eagles. "The Jackson kid is very hard to guard. They've got some good pieces for the future."

Alta guard Jordan Brown contributed eight points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. The Hawks' Jackson Berry had eight points and two 3-pointers. James Tingey and Brian Orr each had 10 points for Skyline.

The Hawks may not have earned many style points with their win over Skyline, but that hardly matters in the postseason. It was a typical Alta win — hard-fought and close until the end.

"We don't look pretty, but that's how we win games," Barker said. "It's not about how much you win but it's how far you go, and now we're in the final four, and we're excited about that."