Senior Skovran Cunningham pivots as he attempts to pass the ball to a teammate.

Last-minute strong defense carries boys’ varsity to narrow victory

With 13 seconds left in the game, the Cavs were winning by 2. Then freshman Rick Barros III was fouled and shot two free throws.

After making both, the Forest Lake Christian Falcons responded with a 3-pointer that sent the crowd wild.

With moments left in the game, the Falcons had possession, leaving the Cavs scrambling to their defensive positions.

But the Falcons were unable to score, and the Cavs pulled it out, 60-59.

“We could’ve played better defense,” freshman B.J. Askew said.

“I was nervous that (the Falcons) were going to hit a buzzer like Buckingham did at the end of the game and beat us.”

Barros added that the Cavs really stepped up in their defense in the last few seconds.

Barros was the high scorer with 21 points and one 3-pointer. Freshman Jayce McCain added 15, all of which were 3-pointers. Askew scored 13 points with three 3-pointers.

However, McCain was disappointed by the team’s performance.

“We let (the Falcons) back in the game, and our rebounding was terrible,” he said.

Coach Dave Ancrum said that the team’s strength was their ability to keep their composure even when the game got close.

“We’ve got to work on our free throws, though,” he said.

The Cavs’ next game is at home on Tuesday, Feb. 17, against Buckingham at 7:30 p.m.

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