Sophomores Jayce McCain, Rick Barros III (11) and B.J. Askew (2) pause during a break in play in the varsity boys's homecoming game against Faith Christian, Jan. 15. The boys soundly defeated the Lions, 89-53.

Varsity boys earn sweet Homecoming victory over Faith Christian thanks to intense ball movement

Ball movement.

That’s a strength many of the varsity boys (11-9) pointed out following their 89-53 homecoming win over the Faith Christian Lions (7-7), Jan. 15.

“The major key to our success was moving the ball and rebounding on offense,” sophomore Rick Barros III said.

Sophomore B.J. Askew praised the boys for “swinging the ball with high intensity and velocity.”

The game started at a very quick pace.

The Cavs’ starters put up 29 points in the first quarter, while Faith Christian trailed behind, scoring only 9. When the second quarter started after a short breather for the starting five, the Cavs didn’t let up.

Even when senior Serajh Esmail and junior Aidan Cunningham were subbed in slightly after the second quarter began, the boys kept trudging along and finished, 48-25, at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Cavs pummeled Faith Christian, 68-43.

Layup after layup, shot after shot, the boys built up a 25-point lead going into the fourth. 

And the Cavs’ onslaught only continued.

“(We) didn’t play down to the level of competition,” sophomore Cole Johnson said. “We played our game, and we got some defensive stops.”

With 20 seconds left, the Lions trailed the Cavs by 36.

Sophomore Jayce McCain got a fast break down the court and rushed to the basket. However, with 15 seconds left, he pulled the ball out to the 3-point line instead of going for the layup and dribbled in place, as the clock ran out and the crowd cheered.

Askew and Johnson both said they felt that the team was very sound on defense the whole night.

The Cavs next play Buckingham on Friday, Jan. 22, at home at 7:30 p.m.

—By Ben Miner

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