Prep basketball wrap-up: Local teams pick up big winsDec 17, 2020 04:44PM ● By Josh McFadden
Week two is in the books for Davis County high school boys basketball teams. Davis, Farmington, Woods Cross, Viewmont and Bountiful have each had ups and downs but have all picked up victories.
The Darts bounced back from a season-opening loss to go 2-1 in the Skyridge tournament last week.
Davis fell to Corner Canyon 63-50 on Dec. 10, despite 16 points and nine rebounds from Chance Trujillo. Davis actually led 13-7 after one quarter but had rough second and third quarters.
The following day, the Darts regrouped with a 55-38 win over crosstown foe Woods Cross. The Darts held the Wildcats to 35% shooting and dominated the second and fourth quarters. Davis trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Woods Cross 15-5 in the second to go up by eight at halftime. After the Wildcats clawed back to within four points, Davis shut the door on a Woods Cross comeback with a 21-8 run in the fourth. Colby Sims had 18 points – all on three-pointers – and Trujillo added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Rex Sunderland contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
Davis improved to 2-2 on the year with a 61-56 triumph over Copper Hills on day three of the tournament, Dec. 12. Davis shot better than 50% from the field and had nine players score. Sunderland led the way with 19 points. Henry Ihrig had 14 points, four rebounds and three steals.
On Tuesday, after our press deadline, Davis played at Bountiful. The Darts hosted Box Elder the following day and will entertain Herriman on Friday.
Last week, the Phoenix improved on a 1-2 record to go 2-2. And they did so in a big way.
On Dec. 8, Farmington scored a 42-point rout – an 88-46 blowout over Highland. Farmington got on top early and never let up in the biggest margin of victory in the team’s three-year history, tying a 90-48 win over Granger last season.
It was 50-20 at halftime.
Collin Chandler had 23 points, and four other players hit double figures in scoring. Sam Rencher and Truman Hendry each had 12, Tanner Nordquist had 11, and Caleb Mordue had 10.
The Phoenix faced Alta on Tuesday and travel to Granger on Thursday.
The Wildcats went 1-2 at the Skyridge tournament last week. Aside from the loss to Davis, Woods Cross fell to Alta 60-43 on day one of the tournament. The Wildcats struggled offensively in the contest and also hit just six of 13 free throws. The Wildcats also had just 11 points combined in the second and third quarters.
However, the team wrapped up the tournament with a 77-59 victory over Wasatch on Dec. 12. Woods Cross had 23 points in the first quarter alone and led 39-28 at halftime. Keegan Phung was the leading scorer with 26 points (he also had six rebounds and four assists), but Jaxon Smith had an eye-opening seven three-pointers on his way to 25 points.
After playing at Ridgeline on Tuesday, the Wildcats will head to East to play the Leopards this Thursday. Woods Cross also hosts Clearfield on Friday.
The Wildcats had a busy week, and it ended on a good note.
It began with a heartbreaking two-point loss at West Jordan on Dec. 7, 46-44. The Vikings were up 40-34 heading into the final six minutes but couldn’t hold on. West Jordan shot 16 more free throws than Viewmont, which was led in scoring by Garret Tietjen, who tallied 14 points.
The Vikings then lost a pair of games at the American Fork Elite 8 Tournament, first to host American Fork 82-56 on Dec. 10, and then to Dixie 73-60 the following day. But the Vikings improved to 2-3 with a 53-43 victory over Hurricane on Dec. 12. Viewmont held Hurricane to 33% shooting and hit 90% from the foul line. Brash Emery filled the stat sheet with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. Wil Schultz and Dawson Kearns each had 10 points.
Viewmont took on Hillcrest at home this Thursday for a chance to even its record.
The Braves weren’t able to pick up a win in either of their two games a week ago. Bountiful enters this week’s slate of games against Davis (Dec. 15) and Judge (Dec. 16) with a 1-4 record.
Bountiful lost to Juan Diego 60-50 on Dec. 9. Robert Whaley did his part, pouring in 21 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Austin Cooper had 17 points, four rebounds and six assists.
On Dec. 11, Bountiful lost to Lehi 71-56. A tough second quarter in which the Braves were outscored 20-6 proved detrimental. It spoiled a tremendous game from Whaley, who had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Cooper had 13 points and a pair of steals in the loss.