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Davis High's Ryan Hakl (22) splits Sheldon defenders Marcus Bagley (left) and Xavion Brown on his way to the basket. Isabella Trask/Courtesy photo

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Huskies hand DHS boys third straight league loss

In an eerily similar fashion to last year’s second-round playoff encounter with this same high-flying Sheldon, the Davis High boys basketball team hung tight early on with the No. 3 team in California Wednesday night.

But it was a tale of two very different halves as the Huskies dunked their way ahead, little-by-little, to spoil the evening for the Blue Crew, 72-59, before a DHS home crowd of nearly 900.

Ahead by double digits at one point during the second period, Davis benefitted from back-to-back 3-pointers courtesy of Joey Voss (7 points). But the Huskies bit back shortly thereafter, reclaiming their lead to enter intermission up 29-26.

365体育官网They never trailed again.

365体育官网“It’s always frustrating to lose,” Devil guard Cody Taylor said after. “But we saw another side of us that we didn’t see in our first two league games.

365体育官网“We know we can hang with the best of them.”

365体育官网With Davis’ third straight loss in conference play, the Blue Devils slipped to 11-4 overall, while the Huskies improved to 12-2.

In response to Davis fans’ boos and chants of “over-rated” at him throughout the night, Sheldon’s Marcus Bagley threw down a handful of showtime slams en route to his 8 points. It was the 6-foot-8 big man’s first game back after nursing an ankle injury that kept him sidelined last week as the Huskies began their Delta League play.

Bagley, who averaged 20 points per game last season, missed his team’s entire 2019 Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run, including the bout with the Blue Devils, while on a trip to Cactus Nation (DHS lost that clash, 79-57). The younger brother of the Sacramento Kings former No. 2 overall pick committed to play college ball at Arizona State just over a month later.

365体育官网But on this night it was Sheldon’s Josh Williams who had the hot hand, tossing in a team-high 18 points. Dontrell Hewlett added 10 for the Huskies, while Ryan Hakl topped Davis’ stats with 14 and a pair of blocks.

“I liked our energy and I liked our effort,” Devil head coach Dan Gonzalez added. “We knew who we were playing so guys got amped up, but we’ve got to bring it every night. We can’t just do it because we’re playing a (Sheldon).”

365体育官网On the defensive end, Davis continued to force a silly amount of turnovers, but it was all for naught as a poor second half of shooting saw the locals close the contest out with an ugly 15 percent clip (6 for 40) from beyond the arc.

“Our ball movement was right,” Gonzalez went on, talking about his team’s fourth consecutive defeat after starting the season 11-0. “It was really just the shooting.”

Taylor, who’d netted 17 and 22 points in Davis’ previous two ballgames was held to just 6 on the night and Keaton Massey — Davis’ biggest threat from deep as of late — missed the majority of the second half after fouling out midway through the third period.

After just a day off, DHS will be back on the hardwood to take on Franklin (12-7, 2-1) on Friday in Elk Grove. The Wildcats upset MaxPreps No. 3 team in the Section, Jesuit, 70-59, Wednesday.

Taylor says the Devils will have their eye on Wildcat Davion Wright in that one. The 6-2 now-sophomore guard chalked up 15.5 points and secured 4.3 rebounds a game last season.

“Davion scored nine or 10 threes on us last time,” Taylor remembered. “And we’ve beat them at home, but never been able to beat them at Franklin. So to go into their place — one of the loudest gyms in the Delta League — it’s going to be a battle.”

Notes: Joey Asta added 12 points for DHS, while CJ Fabionar and Shiya Solodoff each scored 4 and Isaiah Conlan, Bryce Barker and Massey tallied 3 apiece. DHS shot 7 for 12 (58 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Huskies converted on 23 of their 36 tries (63 percent). … In junior varsity action Wednesday, the Devils fell, 86-54. The Davis freshman squad also dropped its encounter with the Huskies, 63-59.

— Reach Owen Yancher at [email protected] Follow him via Twitter at @530athletics.

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