Senior Aaron Graves goes up for a layup during the Cavs' 56-33 home loss to Faith Christian on Dec. 20. (Photo by Emma Boersma)

Cavaliers collapse in second half, fall to Valley Christian

After leading at halftime, the boys varsity basketball team lost to the visiting Valley Christian Lions 78-51 on Jan. 17.

The Cavs (0-12 overall, 0-6 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) trailed 15-14 after the first quarter and led 27-23 at halftime.

Senior Jackson Crawford led Country Day with 17 points, and freshman Rod Azghadi added 16.

According to coach David Ancrum, the team fell due to its lack of endurance.

“The team played well, but we just got tired,” Ancrum said. “We were strong in the first half, but we fell apart during the second.”

Senior forward and captain Chris Wilson (four points, four rebounds) agreed.

“We played really aggressively and well during the first half, but we let it go in the second,” Wilson said. “The team just fell apart. We got tired, which led to us playing lazily and leaving them open for all of their 3s.”

Freshman RJ Vargo also commented on the team’s weak defense in the second half.

“Valley Christian ended the first half with 23 points but ended the third quarter with 55,” Vargo said. “We played really well defensively and offensively during the first half, but we just couldn’t hold it together during the second.”

Ancrum stated that the team’s toughness improved since its 60-35 homecoming loss to Cristo Rey on Jan. 10.

“Toughness was one of our biggest problems against Cristo,” Ancrum said. “We definitely out-toughed Valley during the first half, but not so much the second half. It’s still something that we need to learn.”

The Cavs’ next game is Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Western Sierra in Rocklin.

By Miles Morrow

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