RICHLAND -- Somewhere between the time David Trimble set up an easy first-quarter layin with a lightning-quick crossover dribble to Cooper Kupp's nifty up-and-under off the glass later in the quarter, it was pretty evident that Davis had the athletes to pull away from Hanford.
The Pirates didn't have much trouble cruising to a 70-47 victory on the Falcons' home court, but something funny happened on their way out of the gym.
Hanford got a little bit happy.
Maybe encouraged would be a more appropriate word considering the beatdown the Falcons just endured. Still, the thought of starting the CBBN 3A league schedule with a clean and -- more importantly -- healthy slate was enough to get at least one player grinning.
"After the buzzer, Aaron (Neary) was smiling on the bench, saying, 'I'm back,' " said Hanford post Kurt Rueter.
Neary, who led the Falcons rebounding last season and was second in scoring, missed Hanford's five nonleague games while recovering from a broken foot. But the 6-3 senior forward will return for the team's league opener at home Friday against Eastmont at 7:30 p.m.
"He just motivates us to play harder," said Rueter, who led the Falcons with 13 points. "He's going to be the one making crazy plays, getting a steal or a dunk. I'm excited for league play to start."
Hanford coach Paul Mayer has never been one to lament his team's injuries. In fact, when Cam Wagar was lost with a knee injury all of last season, Mayer scarcely mentioned it.
He knows his team will be better with Neary, but he was confident it could have played better against Davis, a team that won the CBBN Columbia Division title last season and reached the 4A state tournament.
Late in the game, the Pirates tacked on two quick buckets when Davonte Luckett tapped a potential rebound away from Rueter and grabbed it for an easy layin. Seconds later, Trimble swooped into the lane for an uncontested layup to make it 62-43 with just under 3 minutes left in the game.
The game was over long before that point, but Mayer called timeout, looked at the scoreboard and shook his head.
"We gave up a lot in a minute," Mayer said. "We had fought to come back, and I just didn't want to see us fall apart."
Davis' quickness made it tough for Hanford players to match up, and the Falcons' poor 3-point shooting -- they hit just 2 of 18 treys in the first half -- didn't help matters.
"They were just way too fast, and we probably started way too slow," Rueter said.
Trimble led a balanced attack for the Pirates, scoring 12 points and effectively spreading the ball around to nine different players.
"I think kids like David understand that it's not just about scoring as much as getting kids in position," said Davis coach Eli Juarez. "We're starting to understand some things as players that we didn't understand before."
DAVIS -- Kupp 7, Luckett 6, Marquis 8, David Trimble 12, Carter 6, McClurkin 11, Navarro 5, Allen 9, Acosta 4, Vijarro 2. Totals 33-65 0-3 70.
HANFORD -- Wagar 4, Braich 10, DeVine 7, Kurt Rueter 13, Nash 2, Funk 3, Douglas 2, Quinton 2, Jones 4. Totals 21-56 2-4 42.
Davis 19 20 15 16 -- 70
Hanford 9 9 12 17 -- 42
Highlights -- Rebounds: D 35 (Braich 5, Douglas 5), H 27 (McClurkin 6); Jackson 4 steals, Wagar 3 steals; Rueter 3 steals.