A halfcourt buzzer-beater by point guard Brett Bloomfield on Friday night sent the Davis High boys basketball team to the championship game of the Bella Vista Bronco Tournament on Saturday, but cold shooting hurt the Blue Devils in an 83-58 loss to Granite Bay.
DHS (2-1) — a squad that depends on 3-pointers to make its high-scoring attack (known as The System) click — made just 7-of-43 in the title tilt.
“Our magic number the past 2-1/2 years has been about 15 threes, when we win,” said Devil coach Dan Gonzalez. “We were just cold, we missed a lot of wide open shots.”
The locals didn’t have a single player in double digits, as all-tournament selection Brandon Strong and Bloomfield led the way with eight point apiece. Matt Michael, also an all-tournament pick, added seven points and six rebounds, matching teammate Ryan Kreidler in both categories, but it wasn’t enough against a Grizzlies squad that didn’t make many mistakes.
“I give Granite Bay a lot of credit, they are a very fundamental team,” Gonzalez said. “This is our first tournament this season and, with The System, its tough for the kids to get used to playing three days in a row.”
Despite the loss, it was certainly a positive first weekend for the locals, who demolished Bella Vista, 90-52, on Thursday to set up Friday’s thrilling 75-74 win over Oakmont.
In that game, Davis fouled a Viking player, who made 1-of-2 free throws to put his team up 74-72 with just two second left. Gonzalez explains what happened next:
“We have a play for a halfcourt shot so I called a timeout and we ran it. I told Brett he had time for one dribble, so he took it and launched a shot from the right side.”
When the 42-footer went through the net, Bloomfield had his team leading 17th point (to go with four assists) and DHS was in the championship game.
Michael added 16 points for the Devils, who were playing without starting center Logan Davis. In his place, 5-foot-10 Alexander Nelson got the start and led the team with six rebounds.
Davis’ smart late-game performance and Bloomfield’s incredible shot allowed the locals to get a win despite shooting just 8-for-39 from beyond the arc.
“Every season you want to have games like this to see what you are made of,” Gonzalez said. “We found a way to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance to win.
“To put ourselves in the championship game … all in all it was a great weekend.”
The Blue Devils return home for a Tuesday matchup against Natomas. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.