Sophomore Reggie Fan (right) defends a Highlands player in the JV boys' 58-54 win Dec. 22. Fan led the team with 20 points. Sophomore Steven Wang (left) had 6.

Trailing with three minutes left, Cavs erase deficit, beat Highlands, 58-54

With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the JV boys’ basketball team trailed Highlands, 46-52. The deficit instantly disappeared following a series of plays by the Cavs.

Sophomore Jake Longoria hit one of his five 3-pointers in the game to cut Highlands’ lead to three.

Then on defense, the Cavs forced a turnover, and sophomore Reggie Fan passed to sophomore Bryce Longoria on the fast break. Bryce made the layup with a foul, resulting in a successful 3-point play.

“After trailing for most of the game, once we tied it up we weren’t going down again,” sophomore Harkirat Lally said.

Up by two in the final seconds, the boys made another stop on defense. Lally tipped the rebound out to fellow sophomore Steven Wang on the fast break. Wang was fouled and made his free throws to seal the game.

And with that, the Cavs won their second game of the season, 58-54, against Highlands.

The starters for the game were Jake, Bryce, Fan, Lally and sophomore Howard Yuan. Wang didn’t start because he did not have his uniform at the start of the game.

Fan led the team with 20 points, followed by Jake (18), Bryce (14) and Wang (6).

Despite the win, coach Gary Brisco feels there are improvements to be made.

“Like the varsity team, (we need to work on) rebounding!” Brisco said.

The boys play away on Jan. 5 against Sacramento Adventist at 4:30 p.m. The Capitals stopped the Cavs from reaching the finals in last season’s JV basketball playoff tournament.

—By Adam Dean

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