Boys JV Blues Conclude First Half
Hoping to even their first-half record at 2-2 with a victory on the road Thursday, Dec. 20 against King, the Harvey Cavs JV Blue Team One fell to the hosts 43-13.
The Cavs took an early lead 2-0 and then the two teams traded missed shots and steals but neither squad scored for almost six minutes. The King JV players, much larger and faster, were frustrated by their own mistakes and the aggressiveness of the Cavs, but eventually, the Vikings broke through.
King pressed the Cavs hard and it worked, causing Harvey turnovers and confusion in the Cavs’ backcourt. Harvey either turned the ball over or made poor shot selections as the Vikings exploded for 29 straight points and led at halftime, 29-2.
The second half was much better as the Cavs stayed with the game plan and played much-improved defense. King scored 14 points while the Cavs kept pace with 11 to make the final score a little more respectable.
Harvey’s William Wang had a terrific game at point guard, scoring five points and recording four steals while Tris Lehner added four points and grabbed four rebounds. Devon Alpern had two points and registered two steals as did Jason Yudell.
In earlier season action, JV Blue Team One got off to a great start in the season opener against French-American School, scoring 16 points during the first 10 minutes of the game. Trailing 16-9, the French American School started to chip away at the Harvey lead.
Going into halftime Harvey found itself down by one point. The second half was a close back-and-forth affair with both teams missing many layups and jumpers, but Harvey found itself up 30-29 with 30 seconds left in the game. Harvey’s lead was short-lived as the French American School scored on a rebound because of poor defensive positioning on the part of Harvey. The Cavs still had a chance to pull out the win but missed two shots in the last 10 seconds to fall 31-30.
Lucas Chirico led all scorers with 12 points. Densley Blake chipped in with four points and played great defense. Jason Yudell also played well scoring four, Tristram Lehner was a monster under the boards and scored four, RJ McLaren, Armaan Bhaskar, and Jack Perkins rounded out the scoring by chipping in with two points each.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, the Harvey Cavs JV Blue Team Two traveled to Soundview and lost 56-31. The game was close early with Harvey only being down 14-10 after the first 8 minutes as the Cavs fought the bigger and older Soundview squad, but eventually, their size and experience won out.
Robert Ogg was the Cavs leading scorer with seven points including a 3-pointer, Phil Moyles had six and grabbed four rebounds and Max Edelman added five points and had four rebounds. Zach Amerling chipped in with four points and Jake Balinsky hit on a 3-pointer.
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Harvey Cavs JV Blue Team Two hosted Chase Academy and came away with a hard-fought 43-29 win. The game was close early as the two evenly matched teams fought for position and open shots.
The game was tied 15-15 at intermission, but in the second half, the Cavs exploded for 28 points and 12 rebounds to pull away with the victory. Samson Gelfand had a great game leading the Cavs in scoring with 12 points and three steals, Bobby Ogg had nine points on three treys, Phil Moyles had six points and four rebounds and Oscar Lo had six points and played well at point guard. Jake Balinsky also excelled at guard chipping in five points and two steals and Max Edelman added a trey and four rebounds.
The Cavs are now 1-3 with their next game coming after the Christmas break, Thursday, January 9 at the Stanwich School.