Gliding in the air, freshman Rod Azghadi shoots a floater while surrounded by defenders during the Cavs' 68-29 home loss to Sacramento Adventist on Feb. 11. (All photos by Emma Boersma)

Boys varsity basketball team starts slowly, falls to Sacramento Adventist (SLIDESHOW INCLUDED)

After a slow start, the boys varsity basketball team lost 68-29 to the Sacramento Adventist Capitals on Feb. 11 at Country Day.

The Capitals (18-9 overall, 12-1 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) opened the game with a 3-pointer and finished the first quarter leading 17-2. 

The Cavs (1-19, 1-12) tallied 16 points — eight of which came back to back in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter — after trailing 36-6 at halftime.

The Cavs last faced the Capitals on Dec. 17, losing 70-27 at Sacramento Adventist.

Junior forward Max Wu, who led the Cavs with nine points in the latest meeting, said the team’s slow start was due to shooting problems.

“We’re moving around and cutting more,” Wu said, “but we aren’t creating enough opportunities to score. Each time, we get the ball over half-court and lose possession after passing but not taking any shots. That’s why the gap in the final score was so large.”

Coach David Ancrum agreed, noting a lack of aggressiveness.

“Usually we’re Mike Tyson-ing people, but today, we got just one foul (as a team),” Ancrum said. “The effort was also lacking. Against good teams (like Sacramento Adventist), you want a lot of effort.”

Senior forward Jason Li added the team lacked intensity.

“We weren’t pushing it, and when we tried to get rebounds, we were getting bullied under the basket,” Li said.

The Cavs’ Senior Night and final game of the season is Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. against Western Sierra (23-2, 12-1) at Country Day.

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By Arijit Trivedi

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