Friday, April 24, 2015

DHS boys make some noise

From page B1 | February 09, 2014 |


DHS junior Drew Gnos holds up his hand after nailing a 3-pointer in the Blue Devils' 75-68 win over Franklin in front of a record 1,272 Devil fans on Friday night. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Checklist for Break the Record Night at Davis High:

Full house? Check … 1,272 fans packed into the North Gym, which broke the previous record of 1,266.

Loud? Check … after a pre-planned “silent night” to start the game, the DHS students exploded in cheers when the Blue Devils scored their 10th point on a layup by Ted Riffle and continued their raucous support all night.

Most importantly, did Davis find a way to beat Franklin, a team that normally has the locals’ number? Check.

Using one of their best all-around performances on the season, the Blue Devils kept their playoff hopes alive with a 75-68 win over the Wildcats.

“I tell the guys that it’s special to be playing in front of a crowd like this, they’ll never forget it,” DHS head coach Dan Gonzalez told The Enterprise. “There’s no doubt that the crowd inspired us to play with more energy.

“We knew we had lost to these guys by 20 the time before, but having a crowd like that behind you gives us an extra edge.”

The crowd clearly inspired the Devils (15-8, 4-3 Delta Valley Conference) to come out and play high-energy basketball as Davis started out on fire from downtown.

Senior Matt Michael opened up with a basket from long range, then junior Drew Gnos connected on a bomb. Senior Ben Crook, who returned after missing a couple of games with a knee injury, nailed two treys in the period while local sharpshooters Brandon Strong and Glen Welch also hit from downtown before the first quarter ended.

After shooting 9-of-54 from beyond the arc in that loss to Franklin (16-8, 4-3) last month, the Blue Devils drained six treys in the first quarter Friday, finishing 11-of-42.

“We knew coming into this game that they were going to lock me down, and lock Matt down,” Strong said. “We were running through screens, getting us open, but in the end it just took heart and we just fought through it.

“Our teammates helped us out; we can’t give enough credit to our teammates who are out there setting screens, getting us open. They don’t get the credit, but they were the ones who got us open.”

DHS entered intermission with a 38-26 lead.

In fact, the Devils nurtured a double-digit advantage for the majority of the game, largely due to contributions from the entire team. When it was all said and done 11 of 14 Davis players had scored at least two points.

Michael led that group with 17, and Strong (14), Brett Bloomfield (eight), Crook (seven) and Ryan Kreidler (seven) each came up big.

“It was a great team effort; everyone was getting in, everyone had energy… It’s just great when we come out as a team instead of individuals,” Michael said.

Added Strong, “I’m always telling this team: ‘Everyone has something to contribute.’ Everyone brings something special to our team, and it takes each and every one of us to win.”

When Franklin finally made a late run to cut into the lead, the Blue Devils — who had shot 7-of-15 from the charity stripe in the first three quarters — went 9-for-10 in the final minute to ensure victory. Michael, Strong, Bloomfield and Kreidler made the shots.

“Clutch-Clutch-Clutch,” Gonzalez said, when asked about his team’s free throw shooting down the stretch. “We’ve been working on that quite a bit in the last few days because this is going to be a tough league. Free throws are going to make a difference.”

After the Wildcats missed two desperation treys in the waning moments, DHS fans stormed the court to celebrate the win.

Now, the Devils head out on the road to face Laguna Creek, a team they beat in a thriller earlier this season. Gonzalez says the locals will try to match the intensity they played with Friday in that Wednesday matchup with the Cardinals.

“There’s no letting up,” Gonzalez said. “Just because we won (Friday) — and we’re going to enjoy it, we know it was huge — we’ve still got work to do. We gotta repeat this performance every night.”

Note: With the DHS win, the DVC race became much more interesting. Grant has the outright conference lead, with a 6-1 mark, while three 4-3 teams are tied for second place: Davis, Franklin and Monterey Trail. With the new Sac-Joaquin Section playoff rules, only three of the four squads will make the playoffs.

— Reach Thomas Oide at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterThomas



Thomas Oide

Thomas Oide is a senior at Davis High School, the editor-in-chief of the DHS student-run newspaper, The HUB, and a staff writer at
  • Recent Posts

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

  • .


    New design submitted for conference center

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Water and power have a troubling interdependency

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Bob Dunning: Fairness is an afterthought for them

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Los Angeles march to commemorate Armenian killings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of ‘deadly mistakes’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

    Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Beginning tai chi classes start May 5

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    College Night set April 30 at DHS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    School board hears report on health services

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Tour of co-ops precedes Sacramento conference

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Mamajowali will perform at benefit house concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Explorit: Celebrate International Astronomy Day

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Learn basics of composting in Woodland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Winkler Dinner raises funds for enology, viticulture activities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Raptor Center welcomes visitors at May 2 open house

    By Trina Wood | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Take a peek at region’s past at Tremont Mite Society’s social

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    BeerFest expands to include cider

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Mapping where human action is causing earthquakes

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A9

    Hummingbird health: Appreciating the little things

    By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A12 | Gallery



    Thanks for supporting the arts

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Bike Swap another success

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Drink is a tasteless insult

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

    The fight for gender pay equity

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    It’s a depressing beat

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5



    Lehner talks about the UCD student-athlete experience

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Reeling Blue Devils stop skid against Sheldon

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggie Spring Game environment will up the gridiron fun factor

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Rare DHS track loss still full of highlights

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    DYSA roundup: Lester, Osborne lead Storm over Dixon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Lady Demons’ fundraiser a smash hit

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Pro baseball roundup: River Cats lose their fourth straight

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B12





    ‘Ex Machina': The perils of playing God

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Ceramicist works will be featured at The Artery

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery



    Chamber expands Korean sister-city opportunities

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Car Care: Tips for buying your first ATV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

    Subaru goes rear-wheel drive with sporty BRZ coupe

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B7 | Gallery



    Whitney Joy Engler

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Valente Forrest Dolcini

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4



    Comics: Friday, April 24, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B5