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Shooting still haunts Devil boys

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December 30, 2010 |

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RANCHO BERNARDO — The journey continued Wednesday for a game Davis High boys basketball team in the ESPN/iScore Classic in San Diego County.

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For the second straight day, the Blue Devils came close but lost a contest in which they outrebounded and — for the most part — outplayed their opposition at Rancho Bernardo High.

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DHS fell 58-55 to Carlsbad High, despite maintaining a 25-21 board advantage and taking 14 more shots than the Lancers. But is was another game that saw the locals shoot woefully, this time 34 percent from the field.

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The loss — the fourth straight for the Devils after a 7-1 start — means DHS was to have played Spanish Springs (Sparks. Nev.) in its tournament finale today at 9:10 a.m. The Cougars came into today\’s contest at 4-8.

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Tim Mohr, who with Carlsbad\’s Lucas Porter led all scorers with 21 points, again shined for Davis.

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Hitting on 7-of-13 shots and grabbing 11 more rebounds (he has 31 for the Classic), Mohr put

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himself on the Players to Watch list of the high-tech ESPN tournament.

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Designed as an opportunity to face “top-notch opposition … in a tourney with national focus,”

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according to head coach Dan Gonzalez, the road trip has given the Blue Devils rugged competition, including losses to teams in which the opposing centers were 6-foot-10 and 7-1.

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Opening the San Diego journey with a 54-37 beating at the hands of Brea Olinda, DHS then lost,

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52-51, to Poway and were within three point Wednesday against an ordinary Carlsbad (4-8).

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The Devils are shooting right at 30 percent for the past four games, including a 45-39 nonleague loss to Will C. Wood last week. Had Davis made an average of 36 percent during that stretch, they would be sitting at 10-2 today.

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Senior swingman Bryce Thompson contributed 14 points and five boards on Wednesday, while guard Graham McDaniel added six points and six rebounds. McDaniel, fighting an illness, played 29 minutes Wednesday after getting less than 14 minutes total in the previous two games.

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Junior sharpshooter Tyler Sousa added six points and guard Elvis Bikoba had five.

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DHS battled back from a 33-23 halftime deficit to pull even late in the third quarter, but in the end Porter\’s 5-for-8 performance from behind the 3-point arc was the difference.

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Back to the Blue Devils\’ shooting woes …

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Davis was a respectable 12-of-25 (48 percent) when going for two, but hit only 7-of-31 3-point tries. As with Brea and Poway, Carlsbad\’s height advantage (center Bill Brink was 6-8) helped keep the Devils out of the lane.

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The team is expected to fly home after today\’s matchup and get a little rest.

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Next up for the Blue Devils is a Wednesday game at Lodi (8-4), followed by an unusual Saturday date at Dixon (8-2) on Jan. 8. Both games start at 7 p.m.

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A restructured Delta Valley Conference opens for DHS on Jan. 12 with the locals traveling to newcomer Grant (7-5). All DVC games begin at 7 p.m.

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— To view and purchase Blue Devil sports photos, visit http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com

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