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Varsity boys' basketball loses 89-68 to Kinnick

The varsity boys' basketball team lost 89-68 to Kinnick on Tuesday night. The Knights now have a 3-6 record in Kanto Plains play.

CAJ came out with great energy against one of the top teams in the Far East. The Knights were up 10-3 early in the first quarter and were able to hold steady for a 34-34 score at halftime.

"Making shots was part of [the strong first half]. We shot the ball pretty well, and they didn't," coach Steve Hall said. "We didn't really hurt ourselves with turnovers in the first half, either."

In the second half, the Red Devils used their energy and athleticism to literally run away with the game. They converted several layups after forced turnovers against the Knights. Kinnick's outside shooting started to heat up, as well.

Hall said Kinnick's pressure on the Knights in transition made fatigue a factor for CAJ in the second half. Enosh also struggled with foul trouble starting late in the second quarter and had to miss some time in the third and fourth quarters.

Overall, it was a good game from the Knights. Hall said the team has been working on defensive rotations in practice, and it showed against Kinnick.

"Especially in the first half, we rotated well on the pick-and-roll," Hall said. "We often had a guy rotate to cover the roll guy or a cutter. They're anticipating and moving to spots better. It's starting to click for them."

Some key performers for the Knights were Koji (17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals), Enosh (14 points and nine rebounds), Kyle (14 points and four rebounds), Ty (11 points and five rebounds) and Stephen (seven points, five rebounds and three assists).

CAJ's next game is at St. Mary's on Thursday night.

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