For the first time in three years, Sacramento Adventist Academy beat the boys’ basketball team, 38-50, on Jan. 3.

This was also the Cavs’ first league game of the season.

Junior Cole Johnson led the team with 13 points followed by juniors Reggie Fan and Bryce Longoria with seven points each.

Johnson said he was nervous going into the game because of the two-week winter break.

“Taking a break from basketball is never good,” he said after the game, “especially when you’re away from the game when everyone else is going into overdrive. That’s why we lost.”

Freshman Jackson Crawford agreed with Johnson.

“We didn’t practice together that much for the past two weeks,” he said. “We should have prepared better.”

Before the game coach David Ancrum said that that in order to win, the boys need to rebound.

“That’s the number one thing,” he said.

And in fact, Fan attributed the loss to the lack of rebounding.

“(We should have) gotten the rebound to keep them to one shot,” he said. “We should have talked more on defense.”

Junior Harkirat Lally agreed with Fan.

“As we got down the stretch, our ability to rebound deteriorated,” Lally said.

Some of the players didn’t think the team did anything especially strong during the game.

“We didn’t do anything well,” Johnson said. “But what we did okay was never giving up.”

However junior Jake Longoria said the team broke the Capitol’s press well.

“We usually have trouble with being pressed, but we were pretty calm,” Jake said. “Most of our turnovers came at the beginning of the game when we were getting into our rhythm. We usually turn the ball over against a press and get sloppy.”

This game was the lowest-scoring game the Cavs have had this season.

The Cavs are now 5-3 overall and 0-1 in league.

The boys’ next game is a league game at home against El Dorado Adventist on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

By Annya Dahmani

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