Confidence, good rebounding, ball movement earn varsity basketball boys win over Vintage

The varsity boys started their season off strong with a 70-62 win over the Vintage High School Crushers in Napa.

Sophomores Jayce McCain and Rick Barros III led the Cavs with 23 and 20 points respectively.

Last year Vintage finished with a record of 15-13 and ended their season with a loss in the play-in games of the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section section playoffs.

The first quarter went back and forth, as the Cavs and Crushers were both getting a feel for the game.

Then, with seconds left in the first quarter, sophomore Cole Johnson got the ball outside the 3-point line for a shot but failed to convert, ending the quarter with the Cavs in the lead, 11-10.

Immediately coming out of the second quarter, the Crushers hit a three, but the Cavs weren’t fazed. The boys came back and held the lead going into the half, 30-26.

Coming out of halftime, the Cavs looked to extend their lead. Due to good rebounding and ball movement, they ended the third quarter up 46-38.

With momentum on their side, the Cavs looked to close out the game. The fourth quarter was the highest scoring quarter with a combined 49 points. The Cavs held their lead for the entire quarter despite being outscored 25-24 by the Crushers.

Head coach David Ancrum said the Cavs played with confidence.

“Only a couple of guys looked nervous,” Ancrum said. “We want to give the guys more control of what they run.”

Senior Brad Petchauer and sophomore B.J. Askew agreed the team needs to work on talking on defense.

And Askew said the team has to work better as a unit.

“We need to work on passing and winging the ball,” Askew said. “We need to start passing as a team and looking for every open opportunity.”

The Cavs’ next game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, against Woodland Christian at the Yolo County Fairgrounds.

—By Jake Longoria

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