The Mustangs have been a workforce that depends closely on the scoring of Noah Zmolek and Dalton Reeves for a lot of video games this season. The 2 submit gamers have achieved the job and saved Davis County in most video games.
Final Friday night time’s 51-48 loss at Clarke was a tough one to just accept given the truth that Davis County performed effectively and did so with the trouble of a number of gamers.
Reeves led the trouble with 14 factors. Senior Alex Lynch stepped up with most likely his greatest taking pictures night time of the season. He completed with 10 factors whereas Noah Zmolek and Caedyn Glosser every added eight factors.
The balanced scoring assault meant the Mustangs may assault Clarke from totally different areas of the court docket. Glosser and Lynch supplied the surface taking pictures whereas Zmolek and Reeves did the work within the paint. Six totally different Mustang gamers scored on this recreation.
Coach Jamie Cason mentioned missed alternatives and turnovers are what created issues for Davis County down the stretch. “I assumed we had lots of missed alternatives and method too many turnovers. We didn’t assault their zone aggressively sufficient,” he mentioned.
Clarke’s measurement and outdoors taking pictures skills precipitated issues for Davis County. The Indians jumped out to a 7-2 lead and actually by no means regarded again.
Earlier than the Mustangs may get a lot occurring the offensive finish of the court docket, Clarke constructed a 15-6 lead.
Early fouls on the Indians compelled lineup modifications, which additionally led to Davis County discovering methods to assault Clarke’s now compromised defensive assault. Lynch additionally discovered his shot early, scoring from the perimeter, which precipitated the Indians to be a bit confused about what they wanted to do on the defensive finish of the court docket.
As soon as Lynch hit these pictures, Clarke needed to modify its coverages. That opened up the paint a little bit extra permitting Zmolek and Reeves to drive in with confidence.
The Mustangs additionally turned up the warmth defensively in opposition to the Indians. Rebounding improved and Clarke appeared a little bit disorganized on the court docket in the course of the second quarter. Davis County took benefit of that to attain on defensive rebounds and turnovers created by the Mustang protection. Zmolek and Reeves led the trouble whereas Carson Zeitler and Carson Maeder additionally hit key pictures in the course of the second-quarter rally. The Mustangs took a 25-21 lead on the break.
The Mustang taking pictures went chilly within the third quarter. Down by 4, Clarke rallied with a nine-point run to regain the lead. Davis County hit simply three discipline targets within the quarter and trailed 33-31 going into the ultimate eight minutes of motion.
Davis County wanted to step it up. The sport grew to become extra intense on the court docket as each groups discovered their defenses. Steals and fast-break factors grew to become an enormous a part of the sport within the fourth quarter as each groups battled for possessions and scores.
Clarke began the quarter with a six-point run that put Davis County down by eight factors. Lynch added a a lot wanted three-pointer and scores from Glosser driving into the lane additionally lower into the Clarke lead.
Davis County was down by 4 halfway by means of the fourth quarter and simply couldn’t time the lead any nearer. Clarke hit a three-pointer late to extend that lead and the Mustangs ran out of time.
They have been down 51-42 with 2:21 left to play. Although the Mustangs did get some key turnovers within the last minute, their rally fell quick within the 51-48 loss.
“Clarke got here with an incredible recreation plan and so they earned the victory. Alex (Lynch) did a pleasant job tonight and sort of bought again to creating pictures,” mentioned Cason.
DC 6 25 31 48
CL 15 22 33 51
Scoring—Reeves, 14; Lynch, 10; Noah Zmolek, 8; Caedyn Glosser, 8; Carson Zeitler, 5 and Carson Maeder, 4.
Rebounds—Zmolek, 9; Reeves, 6; Glosser, 6; Maeder, 3; Lynch, 2; and Zeitler, 1.
Assists—Ivan Garcia, 7; Reeves, 2 and Lynch, 1.
Steals—Garcia, 3; Reeves, 1 and Glosser, 1.