Boys hoops: Darts lose first region game; Farmington stays on topFeb 01, 2021 09:54AM ● By Josh McFadden
One streak ended last week, but another one continued for local boys basketball teams. The Davis Darts slipped up, dropping their first region contest of the season. Meanwhile, Farmington moved to 3-0 in Region 5, keeping a lead after its second week of region games.
Entering its Jan. 22 home game with Layton, Davis had been on a roll. The Darts were 4-0 in Region 1 and 10-3 overall, winners of five straight games (four of which were by at least 11 points). That all changed in a disappointing 54-51 overtime loss to the Lancers.
Davis was up 41-37 after three quarters but found itself deadlocked after regulation. Davis held Layton to five points in overtime but managed just two points in the extra session. The Darts struggled from the field, hitting just 18 of 49 shots on the evening. Rex Sunderland put together a nice individual performance, scoring 15 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out five assists and collecting three steals. Colby Sims and Austin Frasure each had 11 points.
The setback came three days after Davis thrashed Clearfield 69-25. The game featured both efficient offense and lockdown defense from the Darts. Davis surrendered just 12 points after three quarters while building a 44-point lead heading into the fourth. Chance Trujillo led the team with 16 points, while Frasure had 11. Plenty of players saw action in the blowout, as 12 Darts got into the scoring column. Sunderland had six steals to go with five rebounds, five assists and six points.
Davis began this week a game behind Layton in the Region 1 standings. The Darts were back in action on Tuesday at Northridge and host Weber on Friday.
The Phoenix played just one game last week but made the most of the opportunity in going to 3-0 in Region 5. The 9-6 Phoenix were 68-61 winners over Box Elder on Jan. 22. It was the fourth-straight win for Farmington.
The Phoenix got off to a quick 19-8 start in the first quarter before settling for a 32-26 halftime advantage. Thanks to a 17-11 third quarter, Farmington was able to get some breathing room entering the final six minutes. The duo of Collin Chandler and Truman Hendry was potent for Farmington. Chandler has done a lot of damage this season, and this game was no exception. The senior had 24 points, four rebounds and four assists. But Hendry was no less serviceable, adding 22 points and a team-high eight rebounds. It was a season-high in scoring for the junior.
This week is an important one for Farmington. The Phoenix hosted Viewmont on Wednesday and then travel to Bonneville on Friday to play the Lakers, which entered this week just a game behind Farmington in the standings.
Woods Cross fell to Bonneville 60-59 on Jan. 22. That put the Wildcats’ record at 9-5 overall and 1-2 in Region 5. Woods Cross plays at Bountiful on Wednesday and hosts Viewmont on Friday.
Viewmont, meanwhile, began this week at 1-2 in Region 5 and 7-8 overall. The Vikings lost to Bountiful 56-42 despite 10 points and six rebounds from Radek Pulsipher. For Bountiful, Henry Smith was the game’s star. He poured in 23 points and hauled in nine rebounds. He had 21 of his points on seven three-pointers.