Boys Basketball defeated by BVNW

Jaguars started the season off with a loss at an away game against the BVNW Huskies 78-53

Grace Lovett, JAG reporter/photographer

The boys basketball team fell to BVNW in the first game of its season with a final score of 78-53 on Friday, Dec. 2.

The team started off with a close first half, ending halftime with a score of 30-30. Senior guard Blake Montgomery describes the team’s momentum during the half as “back and forth.”

Junior point guard Cooper Kaifes, who ended the half with a total of 14 points, thought the team’s confidence of winning increased after the first two periods.

“Once we started playing and found out that we could play with them, our mindset after halftime changed,” Kaifes said. “We were all really pumped up because we were tied, and we knew that this was a really good team we were playing.”

Head coach Michael Bennett links the upsetting third period to the team’s loss. The Huskies held the Jaguars to six points during this period, the only field goal coming from senior Darius McLemore.

“Our team was fatigued and out of gas early, so that played a major role [in the period],” Bennett said.

Despite this, Bennett feels that the future is bright for the team.

“The only place we can go is up and try to get better from here with every game and every practice,” Bennett said.

Montgomery, who was the second highest leading scorer during the second half, believes that playing this level of competition is good for the team.

“Playing this type of competition is really beneficial,” Montgomery said. “Our tough schedule will prepare us to play the lesser competition of 5A teams.”

Kaifes believes that the game not only exposed some skills the team can work on, but also skills that the team did well on.

“I think we could’ve improved on our rebounding, they got a lot of offensive rebounds because we wouldn’t box out,” Kaifes said. “But I was happy with how we defended the drive and how we hit our shots in the first half.”

The team’s next game will be away against SMNW on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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