After an hour-and-a-half drive, a close game, and two overtimes, the boys varsity basketball team fell, 67-69, to Napa High School on Dec. 15.
Starters junior Adam Dean and sophomore B.J. Askew were unavailable for the game. Dean had suffered an ankle injury in a previous game, and Askew could not play per a CIF rule that requires a game suspension following his ejection from the game against Folsom High on Dec. 12.
Seniors Brad Petchauer and Serajh Esmail started in their positions.
The Cavs started off very strong, scoring 19 points in the first quarter.
Sophomore Cole Johnson was the leading scorer with 21 points, and sophomores Jayce McCain and Rick Barros III followed with 17 each.
“We played pretty well for not having anybody there, and we especially passed the ball very well,” McCain said.
Barros also said the Cavs played well.
“We were winning most of the game, and at one point our lead stretched out to 12 points,” he said.
However, he said they made mistakes in the last quarter that cost them the game.
According to Dean, there were a lot more offensive turnovers, missed free throws and a lack of rebounding due to fatigue.
Johnson, Barros, and McCain played the entire game, including both overtimes.
According to McCain, Napa had good sportsmanship despite a technical foul called in the last minute of the fourth quarter, but it was a lifesaver for the Cavs.
McCain made both of the free throws which resulted from the technical, tying the game and ensuring overtime play.
Going into overtime the score was tied at 54, and going into the second overtime the score was 60-60.
The Cavs kept the game close through the overtimes, ending the game with only a 2-point deficit, against the Division I team.
The boys’ next game is in the Victory Christian Tournament against Bear River at Victory Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.