Defensive intensity secures win for boys’ basketball against Leroy Greene once again

Kevin Huang
Senior Bryce Longoria breaks ahead with the ball in front of a Leroy player.

“Every game is different!”

Coach David Ancrum was forced to call a timeout after a Leroy Greene player walked through the Country Day defense for an easy layup.

A few days after beating Leroy Greene Academy, 69-43, on Dec. 5, the boys’ basketball team found themselves down, 12-18, early in the second quarter on Dec. 12.

“We had (a) lot of miscommunication on defense that led to easy points,” junior Reggie Fan said.

The boys responded to Ancrum’s words with a 16-8 run to finish the half, which was concluded by a 3-pointer from freshman Jackson Crawford.

In the second half, the boys cleaned up their defense, en route to a 67-48 victory.

Jacqueline Chao
Senior Jesus Gallindo defends against a Leroy player.

Once they solidified their defense, success on the offensive end followed.

“We really increased our defensive intensity in the second half,” junior Bryce Longoria said. “As soon as we got a rebound, we pushed it up the court for transition points.”

Junior Cole Johnson led the way with 33 points and 14 rebounds, his season high for both points and rebounds.

Jacqueline Chao
Freshman Aaron Graves guards a Leroy player.

Johnson became more aggressive in the second half, after the Cavs only had a two-point lead at halftime.

“I felt like no one wanted to win that badly,” Johnson said. “So I took it upon myself to do as much as I could to get the team going.”

Up next, the boys will play at Golden Sierra (1-5) on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

By Adam Dean

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