Junior Ted Zhou breaks through two Buckingham players on his way to the basket. (Photo by Jacqueline Chao)

Boys basketball falls to Buckingham despite close first half

On Jan. 25, the boys basketball team lost at home to Buckingham 62-46.

Junior Jackson Crawford led the Cavs with 17 points. Following him were junior Ted Zhou with 11 points, sophomore Avinash Krishna and junior Chris Wilson with five points each and sophomores Martin Cao and Max Wu with three points each.

The Cavs (4-11 overall, 1-8 in league) missed multiple layups in the first half, according to coach David Ancrum.

“It was a tough (game) tonight,” Ancrum said. “We missed some layups that could’ve made the game closer.”

Krishna added that the team needs to improve its rebounding.

“(Buckingham) got more offensive rebounds than we got in the whole game,” Krishna said. “Our defense was pretty bad. However, offensively, the game wasn’t that bad.”

By the end of the first period, the Cavs trailed only 15-14 due to a last-second 3-pointer from Crawford.

In the second period, Crawford tied the score 17-17, but Buckingham (6-11, 5-3) went on a 10-point run.

Wilson attributed this to the Cavs’ loose defense.

“We were letting the other team just do whatever they wanted on offense,” Wilson said. “They had one guy who was really athletic, and we just couldn’t seem to shut him down before it was too late.”

The second period ended with Krishna bringing the score to 31-26 with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Despite playing on the defensive, the Cavs improved in the third quarter.

“We broke the full-court press pretty well, (bettering our offense),” Wilson said.

Wilson made a layup and a free throw early in  the third period, bringing the score to 35-29. However, Buckingham scored multiple points in a row, and only Crawford, Wu and Zhou scored for the Cavs for the rest of the period.

The score at the end of the period was 54-34.

The fourth period was tense, with the Cavs trying to lessen the point difference. Crawford made a 3-pointer, and Wilson snagged two free throws, bringing the score to 58-39.

With a minute and 45 seconds left in the game, Crawford made another 3-pointer. Then Krishna and Zhou each made a layup for the Cavs’ final points.

The Cavs’ next game will be on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at Sac Adventist.

By Arijit Trivedi

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