Cannon shots aid Vikings

Deven Cannon spent the fall starring for the Johansen High football team.

Friday night, it was his turn to shine on the basketball court.

The senior guard made two consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, turning a one-point game into a 72-61 Vikings victory over Davis on Friday night at Johansen High School.

It was a big win for Johansen (8-13, 4-1 MMC), which remains atop the MMC standings, tied with Enochs (16-6, 4-1). The Vikings travel to Enochs on Wednesday. Davis (12-9, 3-2) fell a game back of the leaders.

"We just refuse to lose," said Cannon, who scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. "This was a big game, and it's a huge win. It means a lot to all of us."

Early, it didn't look as though the Vikings would need Cannon's heroics. They led by 12 at the half thanks to Dakari King's 3-pointer in the final seconds, and they led 55-34 as late as 2:30 left in the third quarter.

But that's when the Spartans heated up.

Davis scored the final 10 points of the third quarter, pulling to within 55-44 at the buzzer. It opened the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run -- all 11 of those points coming from forwards Brian Jones (game-high 25 points) and Lance Castaneda -- and was within 60-59 with 2:30 left in the game. The Spartans also got 12 points from guard Ryan Michael.

"We showed a lot of fight," Davis coach Dan Pacheco said. "We're a pretty young team (nine of 12 players are juniors). Tonight's a lesson learned."

That set the stage for Cannon, who made a 3-pointer from the left side with 2:27 left. He followed that with another 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the game. After that, Davis was forced to foul and the Vikings made their free throws to seal the victory.

"When they came back, we got a little nervous," Cannon said. "But we felt we were going to be able to keep scoring."

Vikings forward Eric Chavez led his team with 24 points, including three 3-pointers. Forward Derek Singer finished with 12 points.

Johansen also gained a new fan after the game: Pacheco.

"There are no superstars on that team, but they have great chemistry," he said. "They're out there playing hard and playing well as a team.

"Those kids are doing a great job."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at or 578-2300.