The whistle blew as the ref raised his arms.

“Foul against the Cavaliers!” the announcer called.

Despite a 7-point lead in the first half, the Cavs (Div. VII) lost the semifinal game in the Victory Christian Tournament, 66-70, against Bear River (Div. IV).

Several Cavs attributed this loss to the large number of fouls.

“I couldn’t be aggressive on offense since I had four fouls,” freshman Jayce McCain said.

Freshman Rick Barros fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“I could’ve played a lot better,” he said. “I also needed to keep my hands to myself.”

Despite the loss, coach Dave Ancrum said he was pleased with the team’s performance.

“They played hard and I’m proud of them,” he said.

During the game Ancrum reminded his players to be more aggressive, despite being punished by the refs.

“We have to work on staying out of foul trouble, though,” he added.

Freshman B.J. Askew agreed.

“We should’ve passed the ball more and played better defense, too,” he said.

Askew was the high scorer, with 24 points, including three 3-pointers. Barros was close behind with 21, including a single 3-pointer.

The boys play Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. in the consolation round at Victory Christian. The opponent is yet to be determined.

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