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DHS' Graham McDaniel (5) is one of four Blue Devil seniors who want to finish the season strong. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

Why not go out with flair?

In a season that would have made Dr. Jekyll proud, the Davis High boys basketball team faces it final two Delta Valley Conference games this week.

First up, on Wednesday, is a trip to No. 2 Franklin (20-5, 8-0) before the Blue Devils return home to wrap things up against hapless Elk Grove (2-21, 0-8).

The week marks the end of the line for DHS’ four seniors — Tim Mohr, Graham McDaniel, Tyler DeLaughder and Bryce Thompson.

Mohr, who leads the locals with a 13 points-per-game average, wants the best for his guys … and the team’s future.

“I hope we just play the best we can — I hope we get both the wins — and just go out on a strong note that (will) carry over to next year,” Mohr explains, disappointed that a 7-1 start turned into a 9-15 struggle.

“All those close games … knowing that we were right there …” Mohr remembers, not making excuses.

Mohr, it must be recalled, broke his wrist during a tournament in San Diego over the holidays. It was at the very beginning of what turned out to be a 12-game losing streak (while Mohr missed eight games). That 7-1 start turned to mush — five overtime losses especially galling.

“Losing (those) overtime games was just crushing for us … it turned the momentum of the season for us,” 11th-year head coach Dan Gonzalez said Monday. “Losing just takes a toll on you … and we came into league thinking ‘it’s one thing after another.’”

Gonzalez believes the losing streak was “ a timing thing,.”

“To have lost Tim for a good part (of the season), we had to transition twice: to a team without him, then transition back to a team with him.

“I think it’s taken till now for him to really get back in the flow of things and for us to get the chemistry we had earlier in the year,” the coach added.

On Jan. 28, that skid ended with a 55-44 win at Elk Grove. Since, the Blue Devils have lost in overtime at Grant, shocked Laguna Creek on Break the Record Night at DHS and were waxed by Monterey Trail on Friday.

So what does Gonzalez want in this last week?

“Just to finish strong.”

Will Gonzalez be back for a 12th season?

“Oh yeah. I like what I see from our returning varsity guys and who we have coming down the pipeline.”

Apparently, next year starts Wednesday at Franklin.

Bruce Gallaudet

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