By Tyler Crowell,
In a game that almost got away, the Davis High Blue Devils pulled away to win 47-42 against the Chico Panthers in the semifinals of the Les Curry Invitational Tournament on Dec. 20.
Davis had a strong first half ending with the Devils leading 28-18. Chico however, kept the game interesting by going on a 16-4 third quarter run to take a two-point lead. DHS coach Bruce Berry was not mad about Chico’s comeback. “They are a big, strong, fast team,” he said.
The fourth quarter turned out to be back and forth with turnovers and missed shots hurting both teams.
Turnovers seemed to be the deciding factor in the game for the Panthers. The stout Devil defense stole the ball eight times. “We did a great job on help defense,” said Mitchell Williams, a sophomore guard on the team.
The Devils won the game in no small part thanks to sophomore guard Kevin Austin who was on his first game back after an ankle injury. Austin finished the game with 20 points, two steals and two rebounds.
“It’s a great way to come back,” said Austin. The injury was the second of the year for him as Austin had fractured his pelvis earlier that season.
Another standout was sophomore power forward Thomas McTygue, who, after getting his fourth foul in the third quarter, played most of the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and a block.