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DHS falls in 2OT

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January 8, 2011 |

Enterprise staff writer

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DIXON — Senior forward Julian Cook sank two free throws and Dixon finished off the Davis High boys with a two-handed jam at the buzzer as the Rams came from behind to beat the Blue Devils, 61-58, in double-overtime on Saturday.

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It was a scene from the movie “Hoosiers.”

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A tiny gym, smack in the middle of a farming town.

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Two teams playing terrific basketball.

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The Dixon student section, standing for the entire game at the south end, good-naturedly providing distraction every time DHS had the ball.

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A crowd of about 250, in which everybody seemed to know everybody — just like the players on the floor — featured parents from opposing schools chatting with each other in the stands … until the game started.

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When the excitement of double-overtime basketball waned, most of the fans seemed reluctant to go home.

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See, the kids involved on Saturday night have been involved in Davis Wildcats AAU competition — together, on the same teams during summer ball.

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Jean Gelpi and George Sousa, assistants for the Blue Devils, have coached a handful of the Rams:

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“Him, him, him. No. 24. The guy in the black socks, Michael.”

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Gelpi stood during pre-game warmups, pointing out the Dixon players who were involved in the Wildcats. Nine in all.

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But when referee Roy Hammond blew his whistle to start things, all friendships were put on hold. The two teams went at each other hammer and tongs. And Hammond never stopped blowing his whistle.

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As the Devils (7-8) opened a 17-8 first-period lead, they were shooting well, passing crisply and keeping Cook off the boards.

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DHS forward Bryce Thompson tallied seven points early and guard Graham McDaniel had four with two assists. Kevin Sorensen, the sophomore forward, had a bucket, a steal and two boards.

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More of the same transpired in the second period — Elvis Bikoba providing a big Devil left with a trey and a 3-point play. Bryan Hensley, who saw extended action for Davis, also canned a 3-pointer and assisted on Bikoba\’s bomb.

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The Blue Devils were up 34-23 at the half.

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But there was a ringing in Davis\’ ears. More like a whistle … as Hammond started sending Dixon players to the line.

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By the end of the third period, the Rams had closed the lead to 44-43, thanks to 10-of-14 makes at the charity stripe during the previous 16 minutes.

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DHS head coach Dan Gonzalez was demonstrably upset, pleading his case to official Hammond: too many fouls one way, not enough enforcement of traveling on Dixon, not enough foul shots for his guys.

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With 2:20 remaining in regulation, Bryan Hollowell hit two free throws (what else?) and gave the Rams a 51-47 lead. After a McDaniel jumper, Dixon center Logan Mitchell hit two more free throws and with 1:12 left it was another four-point lead. For the night, the Rams hit 17-of-29 charity tosses. DHS was 5-for-13.

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Immediately after Mitchell\’s points, McDaniel sank both ends of a 1-and-1, and for the next 45 seconds both teams played loosey-goosey with the ball.

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When Devil Ilanko Nataraajan was forced to send Jakob Moraes for free throws, the Ram guard — who finished with nine points and five assists — missed both free throws.

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It was Davis\’ ball with 19 seconds. Thompson\’s trey was off the mark and McDaniel went to the floor to corral the rebound as Gonzalez called timeout with 7.4 seconds left.

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Still down by two, the subsequent in-bounds pass skipped past the intended Blue Devil, right to Nataraajan, who vaulted to the basket and sent things into overtime, tied at 53.

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Both teams scored only two points in the first extra stanza — each school squandering chances to take the game.

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McDaniel led DHS with 12 points, Bikoba had 10 and Thompson scored nine — seven in the first 7:14 of the game. Nataraajan added seven.

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Outrebounded 39-29, the Devils were led by Sorensen with six collections, while Thompson, DeLaughder and McDaniel had four apiece.

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Dixon was led by Mitchell with 16 points. Hollowell had nine rebounds for the winners.

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“I think we made huge strides,” Gonzalez said afterward. “I thought we moved the ball well … played a complete game. Are we ready for league? I think so.”

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Davis hosts Delta Valley Conference newcomer Grant (8-7) on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

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Notes: The Blue Devil freshman lost in overtime and the Davis junior varsity won as fans were treated to a tripleheader in Dixon. About the officiating. Was Gonzalez upset? “You saw the game

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… you tell me.” … Senior forward Tim Mohr, whose injured wrist is still wrapped, could be back in the saddle before the end of the month. … DHS was 14-for-26 from the field in the first half, then went 10-for-42 the rest of the way. … Saturday\’s loss was the Devils\’ seventh straight since opening the season 7-1.

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