Roy • By the skin of their teeth.
On the road, in a hostile environment, continuing its brutal preseason schedule against some of the best teams in the state, and its 19-point fourth-quarter lead suddenly whittled down to three, Davis hung on.
And the Darts will take it.
Davis' 63-62 nail-biting win over the Royals and star Brekkott Chapman on Thursday was yet another notch on its post, one that's included wins over Brighton, Bingham, Olympus and Judge Memorial and a loss to 5A contender Alta.
"We're happy about winning, we don't take it for granted, but I don't think you're going to find a guy that feels good about that performance tonight," said Davis coach Jay Welk.
Mainly due to the way the Darts closed out a game that was in hand at the outset of the fourth quarter. Up 55-36 just seconds into the fourth and rolling as Abel Porter, Elijah Kletzli and Jesse Wade controlled the pace of the game, the Royals rattled off a 23-7 run. With less than 20 seconds remaining, Chapman, who was dealing with a bout of the stomach flu, pulled up for a 3-point attempt. His shot skied off the back of the iron, leaving his night frozen at 24 points. The game was iced when Spencer Duke hit one of two free-throw attempts with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Dakota Nalder's 3-point shot at the horn closed out a frantic fourth quarter, but the Darts escaped with a one-point win.
They'll take it.
"It's been rough Â it's been really rough," said Porter, who finished with a game-high 25. "We've had to face teams that we'd see in the tournament, like the toughest teams, but we've really seen how we're going to play out."
Welk's silver lining was another win for the Darts as they march through this difficult slate of games, but missing six fourth-quarter free throws and allowing the Royals to make that run will be used as a learning experience.
"I think both teams learned a great deal tonight," he said. "I think Roy learned that it's never over, and they battled, and our kids learned that it's never over. We've just got to keep plugging away."
Kletzli chipped in 17 for Davis, while guards Wade and Jaydon Ryan had 10 apiece. Roy guard Chase DeBoer had 10, while Nalder had 11.
Storylines Davis 63, Roy 62
R The Darts see most of their 55-36 fourth-quarter lead disappear, but manage to pull off another tough win.
• Abel Porter scores a game-high 25 points for Davis, which also gets 17 from Elijah Kletzli.
• Brekkott Chapman scores 24 for the Royals, who climb back into the game with a late 23-7 run.