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DHS boys hold Vacaville to three baskets

By November 29, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

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How did the Davis High boys beat an average Vacaville team by only 14 points? The Blue Devils shot only 29 percent. They had 23 turnovers.

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But before you look only at the final score, consider this, oh naysayer …

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On Monday, in the CIF Foundation contest (a game that doesn\’t count in the standings), the Devils held the visiting Bulldogs to 3-for-18 from the field. That\’s right — three real baskets.

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DHS outrebounded Vacaville, 30-18. The locals forced 25 turnovers of their own. And on a night that offensive muscle Tim Mohr shot just 1-for-11, the Blue Devils handily

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survived, 42-28.

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“At the start, I thought our fullcourt pressure got us in trouble,” Davis head coach Dan Gonzalez said. “But there were good signs in terms of our defense and what we\’re working on.”

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Gonzalez said his players had a lot of energy: “Guys like Bryan Hensley were terrific. Did you see he made a turnover on the offensive end, then makes up for it by taking a charge immediately on the other end?

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“Then there\’s somebody like Ilanko (Nataraajan). Just a smart player. At the end of his high school career, he could probably be a coach.”

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Gonzalez said everywhere he looked, there was something positive and, while he wasn\’t thrilled that he played almost 17 minutes without Mohr (two early fouls), he was delighted that the supporting cast rose to the occasion.

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Starting point guard Graham McDaniel led all Devils with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including two second-period 3-pointers. McDaniel added four rebounds and had three steals.

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Elvis Bikoba and Nataraajan added six points apiece and Kevin Sorensen and Tyler Sousa had four each. Sorensen also had two steals, two rebounds and two assists.

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Though the Blue Devils shot just 14-of-47, Mohr nonetheless made his presence felt with four assists, six rebounds and three blocks.

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Davis, which trailed 20-18 at the half, was so strong in the defensive paint that Vacaville managed but one basket through the first 20 minutes of the game.

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McDaniel\’s third-period bucket tied things at 20 and later, when Sorensen went inside off a Mohr pass, the Devils took over, 26-24.

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Bikoba\’s basket — followed by Bryce Thompson going 3-for-3 on free throws after being fouled on a trey attempt — put DHS up 31-23.

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When Nataraajan canned his first 3-point shot with 3:11 left in the game, Davis\’ bulge went to 36-23. Another Nataraajan bomb closed out Vacaville moments later.

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Tony Stone, Steve Porter and Kevin Fanseca each finished with six for the Bulldogs, who were 12-15 last season.

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The Devils are coming off a 15-12 season — Gonzalez\’s best record in 11 years coaching at DHS — and an appearance in the playoffs.

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Davis now travels to the Gold Dust Tournament at El Dorado High (Placerville) for an 8:30 p.m. game Thursday against Nevada Union. The Miners and Blue Devils last played two years ago in the Les Curry Tournament with NU winning, 40-28.

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