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Varsity boys' basketball places third in Division II Far East Tournament

The varsity boys' basketball team wrapped up its season on Saturday on the final day of the Far East Division II Tournament in South Korea. The Knights lost 69-56 in the semifinals against eventual champion E.J. King before defeating Seoul Foreign 65-41 in the consolation final to place third out of 10 teams.

Against E.J. King, the Knights quickly went down by 20 points in the first half against a very strong Cobras team. Coach Steve Hall said the team just couldn't get its shots to fall early on. However, the pace of the game stayed fast, to CAJ's liking, and the Knights were able to get into an offensive groove. They trimmed E.J. King's lead gradually and then matched the Cobras for much of the second half.

"We played them pretty well," coach Steve Hall said. "Their assistant coach told me after the game that the toughest teams they had played all year were Kinnick and us. I felt pretty good about that."

CAJ locked down on defense against Seoul Foreign from the get-go using half-court traps that frustrated the Crusaders by forcing several steals that created points for the Knights on the other end.

According to Hall, Seoul Foreign was never able to get into an offensive rhythm. He added that the team's depth stood out against the Crusaders in the third-place game.

"All nine guys were able to make a contribution against Seoul Foreign," Hall said. "It wasn't like anybody was coming in and not doing anything. It was a great team effort."

Enosh and Koji were chosen as tournament All-Stars for the third-place Knights. The team's final overall record was 12-19.

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