The Cavs varsity basketball team lost its Jan. 6 home conference game against the Sacramento Adventist Capitals 56-28.
The Cavs had only seven players and were missing two of their starters, juniors small forward Jacob Chand and point guard Felix Wu. Coach David Ancrum saw this as an opportunity to give newer players more game time and experience.
“These guys join the team because they want to play,” he said. “Tonight they got their chance.”
Ancrum said the team needs to work on its spacing but its turnovers have improved.
“They were able to take better care of the ball tonight; they’re becoming more careful and our turnover numbers are starting to drop,” Ancrum said.
Junior small forward Ryan Paul had six points.
“When we have Jacob and Felix we have more chemistry,” Paul said. “We make more shots, move the ball around and communicate. It would have been better to have them, but they couldn’t make it and that’s alright, it gave other players more experience which is also important.”
One of those players was sophomore power forward Derek Taylor. Taylor led the Cavs with 8 points.
“At the beginning of the season I was starting on JV, but now I have been starting to move into the varsity roster,” Taylor said. “I was happy with my performance but I still need to work on my positioning for the sake of myself and my teammates. That improvement will come with more playing time and more practice.”
Paul hopes for the team to find and take more shots in their future games.
The Cavs’ next game is at home on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. against Buckingham charter.