Santa Barbara High’s boys basketball team couldn’t recover from a slow start and lost to Cabrillo, 52-42, in its Channel League opener on Tuesday night at J.R. Richards Gym.

The Dons fell behind 18-6. They pulled to within four points several times in the third and fourth quarters but couldn’t overtake the Conquistadores.

Freshman Luke Zuffelato scored 11 points to lead the Dons, while Mikey Denver and Luke Gonzales each scored eight points.

Santa Barbara (7-9 overall and 0-1 in league) travels to Lompov on Thursday.

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