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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.