The Davis High boys basketball team is off to a fast start — and not just because of the breakneck style of game that the Blue Devils play.
At 7-1, DHS has won a few blowouts but mostly gotten clutch plays late in contests to earn their way into the finals of tournaments in each of the past two weekends. The Devils will try to keep that streak alive when they host the Les Curry Invitational beginning Thursday.
“We’ve had two good tournaments to start the season and if we can pull it together and do it again in our tournament that would be great,” Davis coach Dan Gonzalez told The Enterprise.
Back on Dec. 6, point guard Brett Bloomfield’s halfcourt buzzer-beater sent the locals to the title game at the Bella Vista Bronco tournament, but the Blue Devils suffered their only loss of the season in the championship contest.
One week later, Bloomfield tied the Bulldog tourney semifinal matchup with a last-second 3-pointer and DHS went on to win in overtime. The next day, Devil sharpshooter Ben Crook’s last-minute trey tied the game and Brandon Strong’s two free throws sealed Davis’ tournament title.
In the Blue Devils’ most recent game — a 69-66 win at Napa on Tuesday — it was Matt Michael’s turn to make plays down the stretch. The senior scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help DHS erase a seven-point deficit.
The Devils will need more of the same this weekend as they host several strong teams, most notably 7-1 Woodcreek, in the Les Curry.
Thursday’s slate at the DHS gym finds Wood (2-5) taking on Woodcreek at 4 p.m., Colfax (3-2) facing Rodriguez (3-1) at 5:30 p.m., Chico (4-2) and Natomas (2-5) going at it at 7 p.m. and the Blue Devils wrapping up the evening with an 8:30 p.m. contest against Swett, a 6-4 squad from Crockett.
“There are some tough teams,” Gonzalez said. “With Wood playing Woodcreek and Colfax against Rodriguez in those early games, all four of those teams are good. And in our side of the bracket, Chico, which plays Natomas, is always tough.”
The tournament’s Friday schedule features games from 4 to 8:30 p.m. again and Saturday’s championship contest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Davis won the 2011 Les Curry Invitational and capturedthe consolation crown last season.