Devils take care of DVC business, then set school mark — again

By From page B1 | January 20, 2013

DHS' Tommy Slabaugh rises up for a jumper in a game earlier this season. On Saturday, the Blue Devils made it two wins in as many days, setting a school scoring record in a 133-55 victory over Valley Christian. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

DHS' Tommy Slabaugh rises up for a jumper in a game earlier this season. On Saturday, the Blue Devils made it two wins in as many days, setting a school scoring record in a 133-55 victory over Valley Christian. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

For the third time this season, Davis High’s boys set a single-game school scoring record in a 133-55 basketball victory over Valley Christian during Saturday’s True North Common Good Classic at Antelope High.

The nonleague win came a day after the Blue Devils labored through a 96-91 overtime Delta Valley Conference decision against upstart Monterey Trail.

Standing at 12-7 overall and tied with Franklin atop the crazy DVC at 3-1, DHS is once again averaging more than 90 points per game and continues to be a fans’ delight with its high-octane, go-go-go style of play.

But on Saturday, the meeting with the Lions (from Roseville) featured both teams running the supersonic style known as The System. And the court doctor who created that monster — retired University of Redlands mentor Gary Smith — was in attendance.

After putting his scheme in for the Devils, Smith — now a Davis resident — has been working with various programs around the area — Valley Christian (6-10) included.

“Gary told me he was ‘Really glad to be watching two teams that he’s worked with play each other,’ ” Davis coach Dan Gonzalez told The Enterprise. “I think he enjoyed it.”

Not as much as the Blue Devils …

With 15 of its 16 players scoring in game, DHS jumped out to a 34-5 lead after one period. In the second quarter, Davis erased another school mark with a 47-point outburst. On two previous occasions this winter, the Devils had put up 45 in a period.

Kevin Sorensen led all scorers with 25 points, but Tommy Slabaugh’s career-high 18 was augmented by James Kilkenny’s 15, Ben Crook and Daniel Bonetti (each with 10) and eight apiece from Brett Bloomfield and Hayden Russell.

Gonzalez admitted Division-V Valley Christian just “didn’t have the depth we do” and said the Lions weren’t able to solve his team’s trap defense.

DHS shot 57-of-103 from the field (14-of-38 from 3-point range) and was delighted to see VC try to run its mirror-image style with the Devils.

“Not many teams want to run with us,” Gonzalez added.

On Dec. 4 at Natomas, Davis set a then-school record in a 108-69 win. Then, at the Scattini Tournament in Salinas, the Devils gutted Burton (San Francisco), 118-51.

However, in getting past Monterey Trail on Friday, the Blue Devils’ balance and depth was on display.

In a nip-and-tuck outing that saw the Mustangs spread the court, break the DHS press and play decent defense themselves, things were tied at 79-79 at the end of regulation.

But the Devils put the hammer down late, outscoring their hosts 17-12 in overtime and escaping tied with Franklin for the conference lead.

Diminutive MTHS guard Leondre Lintz darted and zagged through and over Davis for 35 points and Brian Jackson added 22 points. Both are juniors and signal the future of Mustang basketball (9-12, 0-4).

Meanwhile, steady scorers Russell (22 points), Sorensen (20) and Brandon Strong (16) kept the Blue Devils in the battle.

Now it’s The Big One (Part I) on Wednesday when Franklin (10-10, 3-1) comes calling. Game time is 7 p.m.

Gonzalez thought last week that “winning DVC … might mean a 7-3 or 6-4 mark.” That said, a Devil victory at home is almost a must, given the improving play of Laguna Creek (11-10, 2-2) and the unpredictability of Grant (13-7, 2-2) and Elk Grove (12-9, 2-2).

“We have to keep playing our style,” Gonzalez answered when asked about what his team has to do to win a league title. “We have to find answers (for those schools) who want to slow us down. We’ve pretty much balanced shooting between inside and outside scoring. It’s been our goal to be competitive every game: come back when we’re down, keep leads when we have them. I think we’re doing that.”

Notes: Valley Christian was in the midst of a five-game win streak in which it seemed to have gotten the hang of Smith’s whirlwind approach. The Lions had scored more than 90 points in each of their last three games and were averaging 86 ppg since Dec. 20. … Davis’ 133 marked the third time this year that VC had coughed up triple digits. … Franklin rolled out of bed slowly in 2012, losing three of its first four contests, including an 87-79 setback to the Blue Devils in the Bronco Roundup on Dec. 1. … In Friday’s win over Monterey Trail, Grant Dickerson added nine points, Mikie Schlosser had a career-best seven and C.K. Hicks was solid inside with six points.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-747-8047.

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