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Vars boys’ basketball team tramples the Lincoln Mustangs in 50–35 win

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Senior forward Isaac Finestone protects the ball from the Mustang defender. Photo by Christina Johnson

Rebounds were the theme of the night for the varsity boy’s basketball team, who crushed the Lincoln Mustangs 50–35 at a home game on Jan. 26.

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The Cardinals quickly established their lead, taking the first six points of the game, with a three pointer from senior guards Maxwell Hum and Sean Lin. Lowell called a timeout with 3:40 on the clock and switched out their entire lineup. The new faces to the court quickly showed their skills with a layup from junior center and forward Ryan Gauthier. The quarter ended with the Cards leading 14–10.

The Cards finished the first half ahead 26–20.

In the second quarter the Cards showed off their defensive skills with an impressive block by senior forward and captain Isaac Finestone. The Cards then transitioned to offense, with Finestone passing the ball to senior center and forward Amaan Shaikh, who put it in the basket. The Mustangs started to pull ahead, briefly leading 20–16, only for the Cards to tie it back up with a layup from Finestone. They re-established their lead with three consecutive baskets from junior guard Abishek Khadka. The Cards finished the first half ahead 26–20.

The Cardinals took advantage of several defensive rebounds in the third quarter, leading to points from Finestone and Lin. The third quarter ended with the Cardinals still in the lead, 40–25.

Junior guard and forward Jonathan Lee looks for open teammates on offense. Photo by Christina Johnson

Both teams played aggressively in the final quarter, with constant fouls, timeouts and substitutions. According to Finestone, the Cards made a steal off of an inbound play “that pretty much closed the game out” he said. Junior center Jay Jaber made a layup with seven seconds on the clock, the final points of the game.

This was the sixth consecutive win for the Cardinals. However the streak was broken today in the 50–37 loss against the Mission Bears. They currently have a regular season record of 6–2, with both losses to the Bear. The Cardinals’ next game is on Friday against the Washington Eagles at 5:30 p.m. at Washington.

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Vars boys’ basketball team tramples the Lincoln Mustangs in 50–35 win