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JV boys' basketball places sixth at Kanto Tournament

CAJ's JV boys were also in action at ASIJ on Saturday for the Kanto Plains JV Tournament. The Knights began the day as the fifth seed out of six teams but unfortunately ended at sixth after two losses.

The first game was against the fourth-seeded Yokota team. The Panthers jumped out to a 16-2 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 39-17 win. CAJ struggled most with passing the ball against Yokota's quick and active defenders.

"We made lob passes, and that was what hurt us the most," assistant coach Rick Handa said. "The opponents had their hands up and too many of our passes would just hit their hands and end up as turnovers."

The Knights played their second game against the sixth-seeded St. Maur squad. The game went down to the wire, but the Cougars scored a two-point basket on an out-of-bounds play with a few seconds left to defeat CAJ 24-23.

In the two games combined, Dongha (13 points) and Zion (11) were the leading scorers for the Knights.

The Knights ended the season with a 2-14 overall record. It was obviously a difficult year for the JV with the amount of inexperience on the team, but the goal of in-season improvement was accomplished.

Handa said the team got a lot more comfortable handling the ball and avoiding turnovers as the season wore on.

"We improved a lot on breaking a press," Handa said. "We also started incorporating more pass fakes and rip-through dribbles. Both of those started to work more toward the end of the season, and I saw some of that today."
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