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Varsity boys' basketball completes fourth day of Far East Tournament

CAJ's varsity boys ended the combined Far East Tournament on Thursday with an amazing comeback victory over Seoul American by a score of 52-51.

The Knights started the game sluggishly, mustering only 28 points in the first three quarters.

"We were tired [in the first half] because it was the fourth day of Far East," Takara said. "Our brains wanted to push ourselves but our bodies weren’t cooperating."

The Falcons had a 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter before a key defensive adjustment by CAJ triggered a massive run. 

"We had pressed them most of the game, but they handled it pretty easily," coach Steve Hall said. "We made a small adjustment of trapping the ball as soon as it got inbounded, and that little change made a difference."

CAJ had worked the deficit down to one point on a flurry of baskets following turnovers by the Falcons. Seoul American had the ball with about 15 seconds left, but Takara stole a bad pass and laid the ball in for the game-winning basket with about five seconds left.

According to Hall, the win gave CAJ a 15th-place finish in the tournament. Though it wasn't the result the team hoped for, Takara mentioned that it was a relief to end the tournament with a win.

The Knights' overall season record is now 10-16. They will continue league play with their Senior Night against St. Mary's next Tuesday at home.
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