The Blue Devils continued their successful early part of the season by going 3-1 to capture third place in a tough tournament at Sheldon High. Assistant coach Bruce Berry credited “strong team play” and tenacious defense with an effective press for the good DHS showing.
The Devils actually began their week on Tuesday, posting a decisive 85-44 win over Natomas.
In that contest, Nate Curtis led the locals with 17 points, eight assists and seven steals, while Carl Burton-Hill scored 14 points and controlled the boards, grabbing 11. Drew Gnos and Glen Welch added 14 points each, while Jerid Roberson and Ryan Kreidler grabbed seven and five rebounds, respectively.
Other scoring came from Bailey Yarrow (six points) and Liam Neville (four), with Dylan Klein, Andrew Bolich and Luke Figueroa each knocking down a basket.
On Thursday, Davis secured a 72-60 victory over Jesuit as Kreidler was the high scorer with 22 points to go along with four rebounds and four steals. Burton-Hill dominated the glass again, pulling down 12 rebounds while scoring 14 points, and Curtis added 13 points and five rebounds.
In defeating the Marauders, the Blue Devils also got contributions from Roberson (eight points and five rebounds), Welch (seven and five) and two points from Kevin Austin.
On Friday, DHS fell to tournament runner-up Pleasant Grove, 78-72, despite a game-high 17 points from Curtis, who later was named the Devils’ tournament MVP. Burton-Hill added 12 rebounds and 11 points, while Welch nailed two treys on his way to a 14-point night. The locals also got a strong all-around performance from Gnos, who had seven points, four steals and five assists.
On Saturday, Davis won 71-61 over Antelope, a team that had narrowly lost to tournament champion Sheldon. Welch’s 25-point night included five 3-pointers, while Yarrow, Curtis, Burton-Hill, Kreidler, Gnos and Roberson each filled up the stat sheet. Austin added four points in the victory.