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Varsity boys' basketball advances to semifinals on Day 2 of Far East Tournament

The varsity boys' basketball team played two games on Day 2 of its Far East Tournament in South Korea on Friday. The Knights lost 26-23 against Yokota in the morning to finish pool play 2-2. Then, the team beat Zama 51-44 in the tournament quarterfinals in the evening.

The first game was a slow-paced, grind-it-out contest for both teams. Without a shot clock, Yokota especially took its time and made it so the game had relatively few possessions. The difference in the game ended up being the first quarter, in which the Knights got behind 12-2.

"Defensively, we allowed them open three-point shots," coach Steve Hall said of the first quarter. "We were late to get out to shooters. I think all 12 of their points in the first quarter came on three-pointers."

In the final three quarters, Hall said CAJ tightened up defensively but didn't have a big enough offensive run to ever take the lead.

Against Zama, CAJ got strong performances from Ty (17 points) and Kyle, who hasn't been able to really get going again after an ankle injury in December. This season, the young CAJ team has frequently had trouble executing at the end of close games, but this was game was a different story.

"We were very patient on offense throughout the game," coach Steve Hall said. "We made key shots and we also got important defensive stops down the stretch."

The Knights will play E.J. King at 9 a.m. in the tournament semifinals. They will then either play in the championship or for third place in the afternoon.

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