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Varsity boys' basketball wins two of three pool play games on first day of Far East Tournament

The varsity boys' basketball team won two games out of three on the first day of Far East pool play in South Korea on Thursday. The Knights beat Osan 54-47 and Seoul American 55-25 and lost 38-36 to E.J. King.

Against Daegu, the Knights had a comfortable lead of 10 to 15 points for a lot of the game. However, in the fourth quarter, CAJ had several turnovers and missed free throws to let the Warriors make the game closer.

"For the first three quarters, we played pretty well, but we got sloppy in the fourth quarter," coach Steve Hall said. "They made it a lot closer than it needed to be, but I also didn't feel like the outcome was ever threatened late in the game."

Koji led the Knights in this game with 20 points.

The E.J. King game came second. The Cobras are considered one of the favorites to win the Division II title, but CAJ stuck very close with them on Thursday. The Knights even had chances to win the game, but they missed close shots at the end of the game that could have tied the game.

"We played a really good game, and I think we surprised them a bit," Hall said. "They didn't expect us to be as competitive as we were."

Hall singled out Lukas as an X-factor for the team with his strong drives and good defensive play against E.J. King.

Seoul American was a weaker team, with only six players and most of them with very little experience. The Knights used their final game against the Falcons to build confidence. Hall also commented that it was nice to have a game that wasn't as stressful physically or mentally. Asher had some nice defensive plays for the Knights, Hall added.

"Different players showed up for us in each of the three games. Everyone had their moments," Hall said. "We were pretty consistent as a team in our performance. We shot the ball a bit better than average and we held our own on defense and with rebounding."

The Knights will conclude pool play tomorrow morning against Yokota and start bracket play in the afternoon.

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