OGDEN — The 4A and 5A boys’ basketball playoffs got underway Monday at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.
Davis, Viewmont and Bountiful moved on to the quarterfinals after Monday and Tuesday night’s games, but Woods Cross was left behind after it lost to Olympus.
Koelliker, Porter dominate; Davis downs Kearns
The Davis Darts boys’ basketball team beat Kearns 56-43 in the opening round of the 5A playoffs, led by Braden Koelliker and Abel Porter.
“The last couple days we’ve worked on getting the ball around this season, and we got out there and performed well together,” said Koelliker, who also had three assists and three blocks in the win. “It’s huge to have (Cole) Hally and (Abel) Porter out there to take care of the middle of the floor.”
Although Kearns won the opening tip off, it was Davis that scored early and often.
The Darts took an 11-4 lead through the first four minutes. Koelliker had six of the team’s 14 first-quarter points, and combined with Porter and Hally to take a 14-11 lead after the first quarter.
Davis extended the lead to eight points after the first half, and then held the lead after the third quarter saw the teams score 13 points each.
Koelliker finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Porter scored 12 points with four assists and Parker scored 10 points with five rebounds and three assists.
Richins, Johnson score 14 each, Vikings beat Knights*
Their playoff run was almost derailed by a police chase that stopped traffic on I-15 for hours on Monday night, but the Viewmont Vikings boys’ basketball team arrived just in time for tipoff for their opening game against Northridge.
The boys barely had time to dress and warm up, but dominated on the court.
With Jarom Tye and McKay Johnson each scoring 14 points, the Vikings moved onto the quarterfinals of the 5A boys’ basketball playoffs.*
“I almost didn’t think we’d have a team (on the floor) for a while,” said Jeff Emery, Vikings coach. “I called about the end of the first half of the previous game because we were still stuck on the road. Fortunately we made it and played well and got the win.”
Tye had seven rebounds to go along with his 14 points, and Johnson finished with six rebounds and 14 points. Michael Steinicke scored eight points and had six rebounds, and Hirsch scored eight points in the win.
Bountiful downs Westlake 67-53
Coming off its undefeated region championship, Bountiful took to the floor against Westlake Tuesday night at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.
Thanks to having a little bit of a height advantage, and some savvy 3-point shooting, the Braves dominated their way to a 67-53 victory.
“Westlake was a formidable team,” said Braves coach Mike Maxwell. “They have some big guys and some athletic guys that we had to play pretty hard against, which changed our focus because we have a bunch of young guys.”
The 3-pointer was a key element in Bountiful’s game early on. Such shots by Zach Seljaas and Jordan Bleak helped the team build a 40-20 lead by halftime.
Bountiful went on a 21-0 scoring streak in the third quarter before the first basket was scored by Westlake, and the Braves finished the game from the free-throw line in the closing minutes.
Woods Cross out after loss to Olympus Titans
In a low-scoring contest through the first three quarters, the Wildcats were eliminated from postseason contention after suffering a 50-43 loss to the Olympus Titans Tuesday night.
Leading 19-17, the Wildcats were slowed by a solid defense from Olympus and were held to four points in the third quarter, all while Olympus built an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter of play.
In the final quarter, Woods Cross and Olympus combined to score 39 points. Skyler Farnes, Brady Cowley and Filipo Mokofisi attempted a late charge and eventually pulled to within six points of the lead.
However, foul trouble by the Wildcats had Olympus shooting a lot of free-throw attempts in the closing minutes. Olympus converted on 10 of its 14 free-throw attempts, closing out the game and the win for Olympus.
Farnes scored 10 points and had seven rebounds, and Mokofisi scored eight points with eight rebounds.
*This article has been amended to reflect that McKay Johnson finished with 14 points.