Thirty-three of the 45 points were made by freshmen Bryce Longoria and Reggie Fan during the boys’ junior varsity basketball game against Woodland Christian, at home, on Dec. 16.

In only their second game this season, Country Day defeated the Cardinals, 45-28.

Fan was the high scorer with 21 points, while Bryce had 12.

“Reggie and Bryce were able to drive to the basket,” freshman Jake Longoria said. “We didn’t shoot that well today, so it was good that they were able to keep scoring inside.

Fan said he was especially excited about the game because he, Bryce and Jake Longoria, and Woodland freshman Tucker Early are AAU teammates.

“Tucker told me that their coach scouted us and basically said that we weren’t that good,” Fan said. “They thought they were going to beat us. It always feels good to win when people think things like that.”

The starters were freshman Miles Edwards, Fan and Bryce, and sophomores Adam Dean and Aidan Cunningham.

Woodland Christian came into the game 1-2, having beaten Buckingham and losing twice to Leroy Greene Academy.

The game started with a backcourt violation by the Cardinals. It was tied after the first three minutes, and the Cavs were up only 22-19 at the end of the half.

After that, the Cavs took the lead and stayed in the lead.

All the 22 points before half time were made by Fan and Bryce.

“The team played well and I was able to get open shots,” Fan said. “Our spacings as a team were good, so I was able to create shots. Also my teammates were able to get open opportunities for me by making good passes.”

However the boys say there is room for improvement.

“We can improve on rebounding, boxing out and making layups,” Bryce said.

Jake, who had nine assists, agreed.

“We gave up a lot of points and missed a lot of fast-break opportunities because we couldn’t get rebounds,” he said.

The boys’ next home game will be Friday, Jan. 2, against Stone Ridge Christian at 3 p.m.

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