JV boys’ basketball commands the floor against the Bucs

JV boys’ basketball team defeat the Buccaneers 46–25 on Jan. 13 at home. Photo by Esther Posillico

In an extraordinary display of team synergy, the JV boys’ basketball team defeated the Balboa Buccaneers 46–25 on Jan. 13 at home. The young Cardinals displayed good ball movement and sunk six three-pointers, lead by a game high 13 points from sophomore guard Jesus Thomas Reyes on offense. “I am grateful for very unselfish teammates,” Reyes said. “We had great ball movement and that lead to many open shots.” On the defensive side of the ball, they were stingy, forcing the Buccaneers to turn the ball over and take tough shots.

Going into the game, the young Cardinals knew what they had to do to win. “We know that they are aggressive on defense so we have to be careful with the ball to prevent turnovers,” head coach Timothy Won said in the pregame. Initially, the Cardinals struggled to execute their game plan and started off slowly in the first quarter. They ended with almost as many turnovers as points scored, only leading the Bucs 8–6.


Throughout the second quarter, both teams exchanged turnovers and points were at a premium. On defense, the Buccaneers constantly ran a full court press creating careless turnovers on the Cardinals’ end. Due to missed shots and turnovers, the Cardinals only held a 16–14 lead over the Buccaneers by halftime. “We felt confident in our defense and we were getting our shots, but we just needed more energy,” Won said.

“We came out of the half with a zone-trap scheme and that forced a lot of turnovers right away.”

Sophomore center Ian Lawrence attempts a shot under the basket. Photo by Esther Posillico

The Cardinals came alive in the third quarter, scoring 11 points and choking out the Bucs’ attack with stellar defense. “We came out of the half with a zone-trap scheme and that forced a lot of turnovers right away,” Won said. The young Cardinals held the Buccaneers to a mere three-pointer, leading 26–17 by the end of the third quarter.

After demoralizing the Bucs in the third quarter, the Cards finished off the fourth quarter by holding the visitors to eight points while scoring a whopping 21 points. “At this point in the game, we had Balboa playing faster than they wanted and we got some layups and free throws at the end,” Won said. The Cardinals finished the game taking down the Bucs 46–25.

The Cardinals boost their conference record to 2-1. The team will face off against the Mission Bears on Feb. 3 at 4 p.m at home.