Good rebounds and hard work helped the JV boys’ team crush Forest Lake Christian, 71-50, in their first home game.
Before taking the court, the Cavs shouted “Hard work!” And they did work hard for the entire game.
“We played hard, we played together, and rebounded well,” coach Gary Brisco said.
The boys started out strong, having a 10-point lead within the first four minutes.
But at the end of the quarter, Forest Lake made a couple of shots within the last minute, leaving the score, 17-12.
It looked like the Cavs had lost their momentum, as Forest Lake made four shots within the first minute of the second quarter.
But then the Cavs rallied, grabbing 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers in the remainder of the quarter.
The Falcons were shooting wildly throughout the first half, and the Cavs took every opportunity to rebound.
At halftime, the Cavs were up, 42-26.
The Cavs were outnumbered, as Forest Lake had 11 players compared to Country Day’s six, but they continued their lead into the third quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, the Cavs were still in the lead, 55-38.
The boys continued to push in the fourth, even though they were up by 17.
Then with only two minutes left, sophomore Bryce Longoria went down.
He seemed to be limping, and Brisco took him out of the game.
Longoria had injured his right ankle and continued to ice it after the game was over.
Forest Lake committed 14 fouls, and the Cavs converted on most of their free throws.
Sophomore Stephen Wang attributed their win to Forest Lake’s defense.
“They allowed us to get through and win,” he said.
The player of the game, per Brisco, was Wang, who was the leading scorer with 21 points.
“Steven wasn’t afraid to take his shots; he took his open shots and played the game,” Brisco said.
The crowd seemed to agree with Brisco, as they cheered Wang on each time he made a shot.
A fan shouted, “Steven is on fire tonight!”
The boys’ next game is Monday, Jan. 11, away against Bradshaw Christian at 6 p.m.
—By Jack Christian