The Capital City Cavaliers unofficially kicked off the basketball season Tuesday night, hosting Hallsville, Battle and Rock Bridge in a Jamboree at Capital City High School.
The Cavaliers went 0-3 in their matchups, losing 29-23 to Hallsville, 32-21 to Battle and 22-12 to Rock Bridge.
“The most important thing is we improved with each scrimmage,” Capital City coach Ryan Fick said. “The things we really harped on was overall effort, especially on the defensive end.”
Hallsville opened the first matchup with a 6-2 run, but a 5-2 Cavalier run cut the lead to 8-7.
Hallsville was able to score the final five points to take a 13-7 lead into halftime of the two-period game.
Hallsville then opened the second half on an 8-2 run, but three 3s from the Cavaliers, two from Imran Din-Gabisi and one from Nehemiah Hamilton, kept the Capital City offense at pace to maintain the six-point difference from halftime.
Din-Gabisi led the Cavaliers with 13 points and three rebounds in the opening matchup.
“It was good to go against somebody else and start to pinpoint some things,” Fick said.
Battle jumped ahead to a 10-2 lead to open the second matchup, then a Jaden Bauman 3 and a traditional three-point play by Hamilton cut the lead to 14-8 going into halftime.
Bauman hit a 3 off a Marcus Driver assist to open the second half to cut the deficit to three, and Shaun Adams drove through contact for a layup off a Grady Payton assist to do the same at 16-13.
But the Spartans were able to pull away for their 11-point final margin
Bauman led the Cavaliers with eight points, while Hamilton had six points and two assists.
“Our will to guard really improved throughout the night,” Fick said. “I think we knew we had the ability, but the will to guard, the defensive mindset, it starts in your mind. … I’m not so much worried about the offensive side right now, we’ll look at film, there will be things to talk about. But it starts on the defensive end.”
Din-Gabisi hit a 3 for Capital City’s lone points in a 10-3 Rock Bridge run to open the third matchup, but the Cavalier defense held the Bruins to only 12 points in the final 8:33, to stay within reach.
Din-Gabisi led the Cavaliers with nine points against the Bruins to go with two steals, while Hamilton had three rebounds.
“From our scrimmage against Hallsville to our scrimmage against Rock Bridge, the energy on defense was night and day,” Fick said.
Capital City officially opens the season against Rolla to finish Day 1 of the Blue Fish Shootout at 8:30 p.m. Friday.