On its way to a 20-1 mark and the top of the state Class A rankings, the Christian Brothers Academy has cast aside most of the possible troubles in its path.
However, to get the Section III Class A championship, the Brothers will need to topple its closest neighbor -- and biggest rival -- for the third time this winter.
CBA and no. 2 seed Jamesville-DeWitt will clash Saturday night at 5:30 at Onondaga Community College, with the Class A title on the line.
To make this possible, the no. 1 seed Brothers had two playoff tests it had to pass through -- which were done with the same frightening ease by which CBA has knocked off most foes this winter.
As for J-D, it had its own struggles at times, but made it to OCC with the same kind of impressive style.
After a first-round bye, the Brothers put together another offensive eruption against no. 8 seed Camden in the Class A quarterfinals, all part of a 76-48 romp over the Blue Devils.
Not content with a 23-12 lead through one period, the Brothers just kept on scoring until, by halftime, it enjoyed a 50-19 advantage.
Four players hit double figures. Amanda Billy led the way, with 17 points, while Kayla Stroman and Sarah Paulus got 12 points apiece. Leanne Ockenden came off the bench to earn 10 points. CBA hit eight 3-pointers on the night to add to its OHSL single-season record.
Now came Saturday's Class A semifinal, a battle with no. 4 seed New Hartford played at a location (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) where the Spartans would have plenty of vocal support.
None of that mattered, of course. Breaking it open late in the first half, the Brothers again used its uncanny shooting ability to shoot down New Hartford, 67-43.