SACRAMENTO — Can’t touch this …
How does a school-record 108 points sound for the juggernaut Davis High boys basketball team?
In beating Natomas, 108-69, on the road Tuesday, the Blue Devils did so with a couple of curiosities built in:
* Leading scorer Hayden Russell wasn’t in attendance (he had a Da Vinci school project).
* DHS scored only five points in the final period.
Digest that. Leading scorer gone. One hundred and three points after 24 minutes of play.
“The guys are learning to play as a team,” said Devil head coach Dan Gonzalez. “That ball is just moving. I’m really happy with the way (guards) Ben Crook and Brett Bloomfield played, having to fill in at point for Russell. They played very well.”
The junior pair kept fueling the local gunners as Brandon Strong canned six 3-pointers en route to a game-best 29-point performance.
Tommy Slabaugh added 15 points and Kevin Sorensen managed 13. It was “everybody plays” as 12 Devils scored.
Another school record — Davis’ 45-point second period — gave the locals a 78-30 halftime lead on the Nighthawks (0-2). After 25 more in the third period, a running clock and a foreign style of play greeted the Blue Devils.
“We called off the press before halftime,” Gonzalez reported. “We played half-court, man-to-man defense toward (the end of the game) and we found our kids aren’t wired that way anymore.”
If it isn’t shoot, shoot, shoot, play a little defense, shoot, shoot, apparently it no longer computes for the Devils.
Other DHS scorers were Crook (11 points), Hayden Duer (nine), Austin Lampley (seven), Grant Dickerson (six), James Kilkenny (five), C.K. Hicks (four), Bloomfield (four), Daniel Bonetti (three) and Adam King (two).
Through four games, the 3-1 Blue Devils are averaging 97 ppg, the highest-scoring squad in California, according to CalHi statistics. The old DHS single-game scoring mark came on Dec. 13, 2011, in a 107-76 win at Pioneer.
Up next for Davis is Vanden (2-1) on Thursday in the Vacaville Invitational. Game time is 8 p.m. at Vacaville High.