With 10 seconds remaining in overtime the Darts had the ball with tensions and tempers flaring. Finding the composure to score as a teenager seems a daunting task. As Jake Sampson drove the lane for a contested floater to give the Darts the lead.
“It felt really good when it left my hand, It is something that will stay in my memories forever.” Stated Sampson.
The shot was a silver lining finish considering a missed foul call where Jake Sampson was leveled to the floor in obvious pain just minutes before. As the Davis supporters erupted in outrage this clearly provided an added motivation to convert at the end of the game.
Westlake had one final chance with a corner three as time expired that ironically nested the ball between the backboard and rim to end their season.
Though Sampson got the last minute glory the Darts were primarily led by Senior Forward Tyson Garff with an outstanding 27 points.
“Tyson Garff is a really good basketball player and when he plays well our team usually plays well,” Coach Chad Sims said. “He’s a two-year starter for us. We’re counting on him to make plays, so I’m proud of him. He did a great job.”
Davis leading strong through the first quarter and into the beginning of the second quarter with a score of 14-4. But as the second quarter is played we slowly see Westlake wake up. By the third quarter both teams were on fire, Westlake caught up to almost a tie, 42-41 but Davis was determined to stay in the lead. This third quarter score brought us to a competitive fourth quarter which eventually led to overtime where the Darts capitalized.
Additionally, Brendan Redford added 16 points and Trevan Lienhardt with 6 points and 6 assists.
The Darts face off Wednesday February 27th at 4:10 P.M. against the Kearns Cougars who have a record of 19 wins and 4 losses on the year.