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MS boys' basketball teams compete against YIS and BST

CAJ's middle school boys' basketball teams played a combined four games against BST and YIS on Saturday to start their seasons. The A Team lost 64-45 to BST and 60-39. The B Team beat YIS 31-26 and the C Team lost 33-8 to YIS.

Only three players scored for BST against the Knights, but that high-powered offensive trio was difficult for CAJ to contain. According to coach Steve Hall, "many CAJ turnovers led to easy baskets for BST." Sho had 12 points, and Noah and Stephen both had eight points.

Against YIS, CAJ shot well from three-point range, making seven shots from behind the arc. However, YIS also had a trio that did most of the damage against the Knights. Noah had 14 points, Elijah had eight points and Jay had seven points against the Dragons.

The B Team got the lone win for middle school boys' basketball on Saturday with a close victory over YIS. Eastin (12 points) and Suyoung (eight points) did most of the Knights' scoring, but coach Charles Smoker noted that it was definitely not just a two-man show.

"Those who didn't score played tough defense and fought for rebounds, so it was a total team effort from the tipoff to the final buzzer," Smoker said. "Our defense was what kept us in the game."

The C Team struggled to stay close to the Dragons in their game, but coach Lorne Anderson had a major positive takeaway from the contest:

"Our defensive adjustments in the fourth quarter held YIS scoreless for four and a half minutes," Anderson said. "It was a tough start, but it was a good opportunity to show us the things we need to work on in practice in the coming weeks."

The next games for the middle school boys' basketball teams will be next Saturday morning at home against St. Maur.

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