Saturday, March 20, 2010

Brothers move on to NYS title game for first time in school history

Christian Brothers Academy defeated Newburgh Free Academy 60-41 in Saturday's Class AA boys basketball semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Christian Brothers Academy players celebrate their 60-41 victory over Newburgh Free Academy in Saturday's Class AA semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic Center. (Photo courtesy the Associated Press)

Kam Ritter scored 25 points and limited his counterpart, Newburgh's Marcus Henderson, to three points in the victory.

Newburgh shot just 30.9 % from the floor, while CBA put the ball in the basket at a 46.5% clip.

“Henderson is just an explosive player that we were really worried about,” said CBA head coach Dave Doemel. “I thought Kameron did a great job on him.”

Galal Cancer added 13 points and Max Weaver chipped in with nine.

The CBA bench also played a big role. At one point in the first quarter, four the five starters - all except Weaver - were on the bench as subs gave them a rest. Dan Cuasto scored seven points, including an early trey, that spelled CBA's starters and kept them fresh for a 17-3 run to open the fourth quarter.

Next up for CBA (23-1), the No. 2 ranked team in the state, is No. 1 Half Hollow Hills West (24-1). The Long Island team is paced by future University of Tennessee star Tobias Harris. Harris, a 6-foot-9 power forward, scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Saturday's 59-57 victory over Rochester East. Harris made the game-winning putback with eight seconds remaining.

The Brothers don't have anyone that easily matches up with Harris, but the way they play defense, a zone might be the best fit for HHHW anyway. Dave Doemel was sitting courtside taking notes during the game and I'm sure he's hard at work drawing up a plan this very minute.

It should be a great game. Tip-off is set for 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center.

CBA has never appeared in a New York State Championship game before.

According to this page
, Half Hollow Hills West has never appeared in a state title game since at least 1981.

Check out the full story in Sunday's edition of The Record and be sure to check back for a live blog tomorrow afternoon.

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