by Matt LupicaCorrespondentIt wasn't the Division II state runner-up team from a year ago the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys basketball team faced Tuesday, but perennial power Triway still boasts a lot of talent on their varsity roster.The Royals found that out quickly, as they fell to Triway 66-57. The season is slowly slipping away from CVCA and head coach Jay Peters is well aware of the situation at hand. CVCA dropped its fourth straight game and its record stood at 5-7, 4-2 in the Prinicpals Athletic Conference prior to Friday's home game with Tuslaw (results were not available at press time.)"We just need to get better defensively, and I'm trying to put my finger on it," said Peters. "We just need to be tougher out there." Against Triway, the Royals trailed in the first half, but kept the game generally close throughout. What really seemed to hurt CVCA was turnovers. Of the first 24 possessions in the first half, they turned the ball over 12 times, something Peters was not happy about. "Anytime you turn the ball over 50 percent of your possessions, you're doing yourself a disservice," he said.In the second half, it seemed as though the Royals might be putting together a solid run where they could finally take a lead, but it was the lack of execution down the stretch turned out to be the Achilles heal for a team just looking for any kind of momentum. CVCA looked to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, but it was blown chances that failed the Royals all night long. "We had a great run and pulled within two," said Peters. "We just could never get a lead in the contest." Things got worse when the Royals fell behind by seven late, and couldn't pull back into it. In one sequence, the Royals stole the ball, missed a lay up and got another steal, and again missed an easy shot. "We just couldn't capitalize when the chances were given to us," said Peters. "They executed and kept making free throws to steal it down the stretch."Triway finished last season as the state runner-up, having lost to Dayton Dunbar. Although it wasn't the 24-1 team on the court, Triway still features a program that has become a force to be reckoned with. "Last year's team was a pretty special group of kids, and basketball is the sport to play at Triway," said Peters. "They aren't nearly as good as they were last year, but there's no doubt, they are still a very good team."Adam McFerran was his usual self, scoring a team-high 28 points, executing well on the offensive end."We ran our offense very well and he played very well," said Peters. "He got some good feeds from people and made some nice moves."CVCA will next travel to Tuscarawas Valley Friday with junior varsity tipoff at 6 p.m.E-mail: stowsports@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3113