Tuesday , January 23, 2018 - 9:50 PM
PLEASANT VIEW — As a 6-foot-9 post player, Rich Stucki normally doesn’t shoot 3-pointers.
Some were surprised when the Davis big man swished a 3 on the opening possession Tuesday against Weber. A few more eyebrows went above people’s hairlines when he made an off-balance corner 3-pointer in the second half.
“They shot 47 percent from the 3-point line and hit 11, that’s going to be tough to overcome especially with a team that’s as good as Davis,” Warriors coach Ryan Jones said.
The Darts (11-4, 2-3 Region 1) beat Weber 61-53 on Tuesday in Pleasant View, shooting 11-of-23 from the 3-point line and winning their first region road game after having four of the first five Region 1 games away from home.
Davis head coach Chad Sims knows his team can score. The Darts have three players averaging double-figure scoring this season and had five score 10-plus on Tuesday.
Tyson Garff scored a game-high 14 points, Josh Sanders and Trey Grossenbach scored 12 points each, Stucki and Brendon Redford each had 10.
Where the Darts will win more region games is with rebounding and defense. They out-rebounded the Warriors 33-18, didn’t let them score until the 3:21 mark of the first quarter and limited them to just six points in the opening frame.
Then it was the Weber (8-6, 2-3) defense that had its turn, opting for a 2-3 zone look to mitigate the drives, post touches and kick outs that opened up many chances for Davis.
“Really proud of the guys for getting a win here, which is very difficult. Then hopefully we can get at home and get a little more comfortable and make a little run on the back end of the region schedule,” Sims said.
The Warriors, behind 17-6 after the first quarter, trailed by just three after Hudson Schenck’s 3-pointer at the end of the first half.
After trailing 36-32 amid a back-and-forth third quarter, Davis closed the third on a 16-4 run, punctuated by Redford’s wide-open, alley-oop layup from a halfcourt set. It was a play they hadn’t used all year.
That was nice. 48-40 Davis leads after 3 pic.twitter.com/NFxLdBgHsa— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 24, 2018
“The team really needed (the win), it was a burst of confidence definitely and it’s just baby steps to getting in the right direction I think,” Redford said.
When the game crept to its final minutes and Davis needed a good defender to match up on the speedy 5-foot-9 Schenck (13 points), the Darts went with Redford.
Redford earlier forced a driving Kobe Furqueron (6-foot-5) to go right in Trey Grossenbach’s direction, who drew a charge with Davis leading 56-51.
Earlier, with the game tied 38-38 amid a back-and-forth third, Redford had his shot blocked only to get the ball right back and make the next attempt.
Hudson Schenck ends the half with a 3 for Weber. Davis leads 25-22 pic.twitter.com/wmN9x8EWcp— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 24, 2018
Some of those things don’t show up on the stat sheet.
What will show up is that there’s now four teams — Davis, Weber, Northridge, Fremont — who are all within one game of each other as the first leg of Region 1 play nears its end.
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