Freshman B.J. Askew tries to prevent the opposing team from scoring a basket.

Poor defensive choices lead to varsity’s loss to Valley Christian

The varsity boys suffered a disappointing 83-89 loss to Valley Christian, Jan. 27.

The Cavs had beaten Valley, 87-75, at Sleep Train Arena on Jan. 8.

“I’m definitely excited to play against them again,” freshman Reggie Fan said.

Fan usually plays on the junior varsity team, but coach Dave Ancrum pulled Fan to play up.

Valley’s height is intimidating, and they have a strong defense that presses, Fan said.

Valley’s coach subs five players in often, and, according to Fan, their players never lacked stamina.

“I’m expecting this to be a close game,” Fan said.

Defense and rebounding are going to be essential, freshman Jayce McCain said.

The first quarter started with a basket from Valley Christian that was quickly followed by a basket by the Cavs.

SCDS ended the first quarter, 17-23.

The Cavs also ended the second quarter behind Valley, 39-45.

“They were playing hard but kept making bad defensive decisions,” freshman spectator Jake Longoria said. “We weren’t able to get back on defense when Valley got a fast break, and that’s one of the reasons why we lost.”

Losing their momentum from the first quarter was another reason for their loss, according to senior Skovran Cunningham.

“We were up by several points in the beginning. We would miss some  shots and layups, and all of a sudden the momentum was gone,” Cunningham said.

SCDS ended the third quarter, 55-71, and then lost the game, 83-89.

Freshman Rick Barros led the team with 25 points and was 4 for 4 on free throws.

Freshmen Cole Johnson, Jayce McCain and B.J. Askew were some of the top scorers of the team.

Johnson scored 17, and both Askew and McCain scored 13.

Fan and Cunningham scored 5, junior Brad Petchauer scored 3 and sophomore Adam Dean scored 2.

“If we crash boards more, then there is no doubt that we will have a better chance of winning the rest of our games,” Cunningham said.

The boys’ next game will be at Sacramento Adventist on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

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