Missed free throws and lay-ups haunt Cavs in the end
12-21 from the foul line proves to be too much to overcome for the Cavs
McLean, Virginia (June 18th)– In an exciting and entertaining game, the Cavs lost a tough one to conclude their season, despite a courageous effort by the players. The Cavs came into today’s rematch against the Fairfax Stars with third place in the Tournament on the line. However, doomed by their poor free throw shooting and several missed lay-ups, the Cavs lost by the score of 51-45.
From the opening tip-off, the Cavs were determined to play a much faster pace than their previous game against the Stars just one week ago. The Cavs played a mix of full-court and half-court pressure defense in an attempt to speed up the tempo of the game. The Cavs and Stars traded the lead throughout the first half.
Zachary Altman scored on a fast break lay-up and a three point shot to give the Cavs an early lead. Ryan Stevens also made several deflections and steals on defense, which led to many fast break opportunities for the Cavs. The Cavs found themselves down 27-24 at halftime.
In the 2nd half, the Cavs missed several key free throws and open lay-ups as they trailed by 7 points midway through the half. However, the Cavs were sparked by Joey D’Ermes strong play off the bench, as he came into the game and attacked the basket aggressively.
Matt Baruch returned from a two game absence and led all Cavs in scoring with 11 points. PeterBrosnan also scored a season high 8 points by converting on a couple tough lay-ups. The Cavs fell short in the end though, and finished in 4th place.