AC Davis defeats Sunnyside 50-42 in Wildly Entertaining Contest
There has been several generations of basketball. We had the Big Man Era. The Wing Era. But now, we are living in the social media era.
How do we know this?
When Davis senior Collin Kelley was asked how hyped he was for the game, he had this to say:
"Did you see all the people talking about it on Twitter? Everyone is excited for this one!"
Indeed a standing room only crowd was on hand to witness this unbelievable high stakes match-up between Sunnyside (14-1) and Davis (12-2).
Davis could not have asked for a better start to this one.
Sunnyside's offense was averaging 74 points a game entering this game. Davis opted to run a stifling zone defense early; a decision that limited Sunnyside to just 15 points in the first half.
"Our team was closing out, getting hands up on shooters, we knew we were going up against good shooters," said Davis coach Eli Juarez.
Senior's Collin Kelley and Alexzander Delgado did their job on the offensive side of the floor. The "dynamic duo" combined for 17 points. Giving their team a 27-15 lead heading into halftime.
But Sunnyside has been in this position before.
Just the previous night they were down 27-17 to West Valley at halftime. They would go on to win that game 67-55.
The same thing appeared to be happening against Davis.
"We practiced all week stopping (Sunnyside) at the 5-foot mark behind the three point line, we were not anticipating them making shots 10 feet behind the 3-point line," said Coach Juarez.
Sunnyside's dangerous backcourt combo of Trey Sanchez and Art Palacios began playing out of their minds, combining for 6 three-pointers in the third quarter.
This gave Sunnyside a 41-39 advantage in the the fourth quarter.
But the wheels started to fall off. There was a six minute stretch in the fourth quarter where Sunnyside didn't score a single basket.
"We keep digging ourselves a hole, it takes a lot of energy to get back in a game, and to try and do that back-to-back night's, we ran out of energy," Said Sunnyside coach Bruce Siebel.
Because of Sunnyside's cold stretch, Davis was able to lift themselves up to a 50-42 victory.
The biggest storyline out of tonight's game was the championship implications. Because both teams had run through their in-conference opponents, whoever won this game was going to put themselves in favorable position.
Davis' two game lead over Sunnyside in the standings all but guarantee's a Big Nine Title.
But this is something that coaches on both sides chose not to acknowledge. Saying that kind of talk was for the community.
"I've been coaching a long time, and I know there's lots of ways to get into the state tournament," Said Coach Siebel on his team's standing.
Both Sunnyside and Davis showcased their best and worst sides Saturday night. The type of game that will prepare both teams for potential state playoff run's.