By Kacey Hsu,
The Davis High men’s varsity basketball team put up a fierce fight but lost a close game to Monterey Trail 60-59, on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
At the beginning of the game, senior Drew Gnos made the first three pointer to give DHS a 3-0 lead. But by the end of the first quarter, the Blue Devils trailed the Mustangs 19-14.
Davis didn’t give Monterey Trail a break, however, adding 14 points in the second quarter to end the half with a 28-25 lead.
The pressure mounted during the second half, where the Blue Devils were fighting for a slim shot at the playoffs. The third quarter saw junior Glen Welch scored five of DHS’ 10 points, but the Mustangs took back the lead with 17 more points.
With only 2:40 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils were down by six.
With impressive athleticism, junior Ryan Kreidler stole the ball from the attacking Monterey Trail player and converted the put-back, cutting the lead to four.
With 30 seconds remaining, the Devils were still behind by two points. Kreidler gained possession of the ball again at 25 seconds, but was unable to convert on offense.
Then senior guard Jermaine Bell of Monterey Trail successfully completed two free throws attempts, devastating the Blue Devil fans.
Welch landed a desperate three point attempt with only two seconds left, but the Mustangs retained a one point lead when the clock expired.
This was the end to the men’s basketball season, and the last game of high school basketball for the seniors on their Senior Night. Senior team members were recognized at the start of the game in front of their friends and family members, who gathered to support them in their final effort as part of the team.
“I was just proud of the way we fought the entire game. We never gave up,” coach Dan Gonzalez said.
Reflecting on the seniors of this season, Gonzalez said that the boys brought humor and energy to the team.
“I was proud as heck of the way they played this season,” he said.