By Owen Yancher,
The Davis High JV men’s basketball team scored four points in the final minute of overtime during Tuesdays game in a 51-46 win over Natomas.
Sophomore Kevin Austin helped secure the win with four straight points on a pair of free throws with less than 15 seconds left in overtime.
The game was neck and neck up to the final buzzer that extended the game into overtime. Austin completed the final free throws despite distractions from some rowdy fans in the crowd.
“The banging in the stands [during the free throws] was music to my ears,” Austin said.
During a uncontested 9-0 DHS run in the first half, sophomore Matt Cheung hit a long three-pointer followed by a steal and an unchallenged layup.
Austin, who was playing in his first game since returning from a soccer injury (fractured pelvis), led the Devils with 11 points and three rebounds.
“I feel really out of shape, but I’m happy to be back,” Austin said.
Coach Bruce Berry praised his team’s overtime effort but wasn’t impressed with some sloppy turnovers that the Devils committed late in the game.
“During the overtime timeout, I told the guys that we need to work on our help defense. I didn’t want to give [Natomas] any easy layups,” Berry said.
Davis had an overall 25 percent shooting percentage making 19 out of 75 shots.
Natomas shot 35 percent, making 16 out of 45 shots.
Sophomore Tommy McTygue combined for five steals, four assists and nine rebounds to go along with 4 points.
Sophomore Nathan Hassid led the team with six steals and also had eight rebounds