Brothers sweep Ludden, run win streak to seven

Continuing to make up for all that lost December time, the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team ran its win streak to seven, moved above the .500 mark -- and swept its biggest rival for the second year in a row.

In the second go-round of the "Holy War" in less than a month, the Brothers again sank Bishop Ludden, this time riding past the Gaelic Knights 55-46 on Sunday afternoon at Onondaga Community College.

Counting the three times it won over Ludden in 2005-06, it's the fifth consecutive CBA victory in this ever-evolving rivalry, which has grown beyond the means of high school gyms to venues like LeMoyne and OCC.

Regardless of location, though, the Brothers have gained control. Their previous meeting, a 53-48 decision on Jan. 4, was J.T. Miranda's first game back from a knee injury, giving CBA a full lineup for the first time all season.

Ever since, the Brothers, 1-7 when Miranda returned, had been perfect - a trend that, two days before the Ludden rematch, continued when CBA outlasted Liverpool 68-64 last Friday night.

However, the Gaelic Knights had improved, too, ripping Baldwinsville 59-42 just before it met the Brothers, so the large crowd assembled at OCC expected a typical nip-and-tuck affair.

What no one expected was that CBA would bolt to a 13-0 lead in the game's first three minutes. Hot shooting, combined with head coach Buddy Wleklinski's 1-3-1 defensive look, had the Gaelic Knights shaken.

And even though Ludden would get on the board, the Brothers maintained control and steadily built its lead until, at the start of the fourth quarter, it was up 46-26.

Only a heated sequence where Mike Paulus argued a call and drew a technical foul allowed Ludden to make a run in the fourth quarter, but the Gaelic Knights never got closer than eight points.

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