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Varsity boys' basketball completes third day of Far East Tournament

CAJ's varsity boys' basketball team had a grueling day on Wednesday, playing three games in the combined Far East Tournament. CAJ won its first contest against Zion Christian Academy by a score of 49-41, which got the Knights into the bracket of 16. 

However, a 75-49 loss to Kinnick knocked them into the consolation bracket and a 37-31 defeat at the hands of St. Mary's pushed a top-12 finish out of reach.

The Knights showed a lot of heart in their first game, coming back from a 20-6 deficit in the first half. Once again, it was CAJ's aggressive defense that made the difference after halftime.

"In the second half, we kept pressing them and they struggled with it," coach Steve Hall said. "They also struggled with our 1-3-1 half-court trap and committed some turnovers on it."

Kyle (14 points), Stephen (11) and Josh (10) led the Knights in scoring against Zion.

CAJ also had a strong showing against Kinnick, despite the 26-point loss. The Red Devils won the Division I tournament with ease on Tuesday and are the favorite to win the combined tournament on Thursday.

"We were very attack-minded and moved to open spots, so we didn’t turn the ball over nearly as much as we have in the past against Kinnick," Hall said.

The Knights were led in scoring by Kyle's 15 points and Josh's 12 points.

The St. Mary's game was not the Knights' best effort, as evidenced by their low point total of 31. Josh had nine points and Stephen had eight.

CAJ's overall season record now stands at 9-16. The Knights will play another game in the consolation bracket against Seoul American on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
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