Wednesday, July 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS boys await playoff seeding after loss to Franklin

By
From page B1 | February 10, 2013 |

ELK GROVE — In the high-flying Davis High offense called The System, one of the objects is to get up a cargo-ship full of 3-point shots, crash the boards and clean up underneath.

Defense? It can take a backseat in the offensive-minded scheme.

On Friday at Franklin, in a key game for positioning in the Sac-Joaquin Section power rankings, the Blue Devils got their shots, kept remarkably good care of the basketball (only 10 turnovers) and showed great energy throughout — but lost, 73-59.

Two things — missing 36 of 48 shots behind the arc and getting beat 43-35 on the boards — cost DHS dearly. The Wildcats, meanwhile, often managed to spread the court and kill precious seconds throughout. They also shot 53 percent — taking advantage of 18 assists.

And because FHS (14-13, 7-3 in Delta Valley Conference) probably protected its No. 11 ranking (despite not accumulating the otherwise required 15 victories), it now joins Davis (last rated No. 13) in the Division I postseason.

Brackets will be released Wednesday, according to the CIF website. Regardless of their ranking, the Devils (16-10, 6-4) have lived to play another day.

Franklin finished second behind DVC champion Grant (20-7, 8-2), while DHS and Laguna Creek (15-12, 6-4) tied for third place. The Pacers and Cardinals will head off to the D-II playoffs.

Early in Friday’s season finale, the Wildcats looked like they were fashioning a blowout …

Fessal Aziz canned a trey, John Moscoso went inside for a nifty lay-in, then assisted on a couple Victor Rustin tallies, and when Davis looked up at the scoreboard with 2:20 remaining in the first period, Franklin was streaking, 19-7.

But Blue Devil Brandon Strong nailed a 3-pointer to close out the quarter and then two treys from Grant Dickerson, and other triples by Tommy Slabaugh and Hayden Russell brought the locals to within four at 29-25.

Baskets by Hayden Duer and James Kilkenny helped answer a Wildcat mini-run (6-0) and the scored settled in at 38-31 at intermission.

Unfortunately for DHS, it missed 15 consecutive shots in a stretch that began during the final 1:43 of the second period and lasted deep into the third quarter.

The cold spell allowed Franklin to take a 46-32 advantage before C.K. Hicks landed sank one from 3-point range.

Duer followed with a couple of charity tosses and Slabaugh and Strong hit treys of their own as Davis inched back.

But despite getting the shots they wanted, the Devils just couldn’t convert. DHS’ late futility was enough to keep the Wildcats’ collective nose in front — the homestanders managing to answer each time their visitors made a move.

Dickerson, coming off an 0-for-7 shooting game in Wednesday’s super-emotional 67-65 win over Monterey Trail, had the touch on this night.

The 6-foot-3 defensive specialist recorded five 3-pointers and scored 17 points. He and Matt Michael — starting in place of Kevin Sorensen, who did not play — each collected a Devil team-high six rebounds.

Russell was perfect at the free-throw line (6-for-6) and went on to score 14 while dishing out three assists and snagging four rebounds.

Strong had a block and five boards to go with his eight points. Slabaugh, whose energized floor time sparked a couple of Davis comebacks, collected three boards and hit two long-range shots for six points.

Duer worked hard to inside, collecting a basket and sinking a couple free throws.

Notes: Now the Devils can take a collective breath (spirited wins over Laguna Creek and Monterey Trail secured DHS its third postseason appearance in coach Dan Gonzalez’ 15 years at the helm). The last playoff experience came in 2010, a first-round loss at Rodriguez. Last season, Davis just missed postseason play when it dropped its final two games to finish at 14-12. … Franklin’s Angelo Bell-Lytell paced all scorers with 23 points. Rustin had 17 and guard Moscoso went 11-for-12 on free throws to finish with 13. … The Wildcats were 28-of-53 shooting and committed 14 turnovers.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530 747-8047.

Bruce Gallaudet

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Are arachnids awesome or awful? Visit Bohart Museum to find out

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    NAMI program offers mental illness information, support

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Backpacks for Kids launches annual donation drive

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Architecture in Davis, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Speaker will spin some fishing tales at Davis meeting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Kids can paint their own Breyer horses at Davis store

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Grandparents support group meets weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Kaiser awards grants to Yolo nonprofits

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Exchange program seeks host families

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Wine-tastings will benefit YCCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Pedro party will benefit Yolo Hospice

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Car lovers will speak Sunday at gallery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Racial diversity crucial to drug trials, treatments

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A4

    Enterprise is focus of Davis Roots talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Forum

    U.S. is complicit in attack

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Extinguish extremism for peace

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    With profound gratitude

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Someday, there will be peace

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Former Davis man at crossroads: biking or artwork?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie golfer headed to men’s U.S. Amateur Championship

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Giants outlast Phillies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    A’s fall in extra innings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Jays hitting upends Red Sox

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Albergotti to discuss Armstrong’s doping scandal

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    Field to Fork: Skyelark Ranch, not a lark at all

    By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Name droppers: ASUCD hands out awards

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    .

    Arts

    Additional casting notice for ‘Hello Dolly’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Hear Los Tres de Winters on Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Picott to play at The Palms Playhouse

    By Kate Laddish | From Page: A7

     
    Fairy-tale romance in Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Pinky’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Soar to Neverland with DMTC’s ‘Peter Pan’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Village Homes to host Rita Hosking Trio

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Tomato Festival makes call for young artists

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6