Kaysville • Though they were playing before their typical raucous student body and a packed house, and were sporting a record that includes only one loss, the Davis Darts boys’ basketball team still had some challenges on Friday night.
They came in the form of a couple tall players for visiting Layton.
O Davis holds Layton to only two points in the first 11 minutes of the contest.
» Darts starters Elijah Kletzli, Jesse Wade, Matt Morrell and Abel Porter account for at least two steals each.
But Davis countered those obstacles with quick hands on entry passes and quick hops for swats down low — a combination that sent the Lancers into an early and prolonged offensive drought and paved the way for Davis (14-1, 6-0 Region 1) to earn a 46-35 victory.
"We’re happy. You can’t lose at home and you’ve got to break through on the road. It’s cliche, but it’s pretty true," said Davis coach Jay Welk. "It’s one win, no different than the five before it, but we’ll enjoy it for a little while."
Four different Darts starters got at least two steals each as Layton (11-6, 3-3) had difficulty running its offense at the start of the game. The Lancers scored only two points in the opening quarter and then went scoreless the first three minutes of the second period as Davis jumped out to a 16-2 lead.
"We kind of won ugly tonight, but you’ve got to make sure you do some other things if the ball’s not going through the hole," Welk said. "You’ve got to go defend. They took some things from us, but I thought we did a good job taking some things from them."
Mike Hibbert, Layton’s 6-foot-9 senior, led all players with 20 points, but he and 6-7 forward Jarriesse Blackmon, who was held scoreless, each had a shot swatted by 6-2 Davis senior Matt Morrell.
"I just got lucky, I guess," Morrell said. "I got some more blocks than usual tonight."
Morrell added 14 points while teammate Abel Porter scored 15. Morrell, Porter, Jesse Wade and Elijah Kletzli also all had two or more steals.
Layton bounced back with a 7-0 run in the second quarter and twice reduced the margin to four points. The last time was with 4:56 remaining in the game, but Davis countered with a 10-3 run down the stretch to seal the win.
"In the second quarter and second half, we did a better job of being patient," Layton coach Kelby Miller said. "They did have a hard time with Mike (Hibbert) tonight, but we need to do a better job of finding the people who can score for us."
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