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Davis, Farmington split first two region contests in boys basketball

Jan 18, 2024 10:06AM ● By Josh McFadden
Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

With a pair of Region 1 games in the books, both Davis and Farmington are 1-1 in league play in boys basketball. Plenty of action is left for the Darts and Phoenix, with chances to move up in the region standings and RPI rankings for the playoffs. 


The Darts took a 9-4 record to Fremont Jan. 12 to face the Silverwolves, a team Davis lost to twice last season. This time around, however, the Darts were ready for payback. 

After a closely contested game through three quarters, Davis trailed 47-46. That’s when Davis went off on a 20-7 run to put the game away in its favor. Davis shot better than 50% from the field and hit seven out of nine free throws. 

Four Darts reached double figures in scoring, with Coleman Atwater leading the way. The junior guard had 17 points on the day. Zach Fisher and Tradon Bessinger each had 12 points, while Caleb Taylor added 10. Ike Morgan nearly hit double figures, scoring nine points. 

On Tuesday, Davis lost a back-and-forth contest at home against Layton, falling 72-70. The Lancers, with just one loss on the season, led much of the way, but Davis hung around, never falling too far behind. 

In defeat, Fisher led all scorers, putting together a terrific game of 28 points. He added four three-pointers and six rebounds. Atwater had a solid outing with 19 points and a pair of rebounds. Morgan contributed eight points, six rebounds and six assists. 

Next up for Davis is a Friday game at home against Syracuse with a chance to move to 2-1 in Region 1. 


The Phoenix are also 1-1 in region play. Farmington sits at 10-4 overall after the first two Region 1 games. Both games were decided by a single point. 

First up was a narrow 75-74 loss at Weber in a game that went to overtime. The Phoenix were up by five heading into the fourth quarter, but Weber used a run to tie things up at 65-65 once the final horn sounded to end regulation. The Warriors outscored the Phoenix 10-9 in the extra session. 

Farmington connected on 12 three-pointers, led by Ethan Atkinson, who had five. Atkinson led all scorers with 23 points, and teammate Paul Beattie added 19 points. Jayden Haskell chipped in 15 points, while Braden Larsen had 11 points. 

The Phoenix rebounded with a tight win of their own on Tuesday, outlasting Fremont 63-62 in front of a home crowd. The Phoenix used a 16-11 fourth-quarter run to secure the victory. In this game, Beattie was the team’s leading scorer, tallying 23 points. Haskell and Atkinson had 12 points and 10 points, respectively. 

On Friday, Farmington has its first road game in region play, as it travels to Layton to face the league-leading Lancers.