CBA boys beat ESM, race to 3-0 start

CBA toppled Fowler 66-44 in last Tuesday night's opener. Fowler had seen a prodigious talent in 6-9 center DeJuan Coleman transfer to Jamesville-DeWitt in the off-season, and it was still searching for a viable replacement.

In the meantime, the Falcons had to watch Goodman dial up 19 points and 19 rebounds as the Brothers broke it open with a 19-6 domination of the second quarter. Thompson, back as CBA's point guard, had 17 points, while sophomore Greg Thomson gained eight points. Sean Wayne (seven points) and Bullock (six points) were close behind.

It proved tougher on Thursday in a short road trip to Nottingham, but the Brothers still made it 2-0 by beating the Bulldogs 50-44.

Steadily, CBA worked its way to a 41-31 lead as it went to the fourth quarter, where it had to fend off a furious Nottingham rally.

Goodman had a modest showing, with 13 points, but the offense was much more balanced. Kitts stepped up with 11 points, with Thomson adding 10 points and Thompson earning nine points. For the Bulldogs, Jowan Simmons and Deanzel Crouch each had 11 points.

ESM had opened on Wednesday night, at Phoenix, and it was close all the way to the wire before the Spartans lost to the Firebirds 57-54.

Through one quarter, ESM had a 13-9, but Phoenix used a 22-point second-quarter outburst to go in front, then spent the rest of the night trading baskets and runs without surrendering that advantage.

Nero, with 17 points, was the lone Spartan to score in double figures. Mike and Kreischer each had eight points, while Andy Raymond got six points. Jon North (17 points) and Dorrie Morrison (13 points) led Phoenix's effort.

As ESM confronts Jamesville-DeWitt and Fowler this week, CBA will visit defending Class AA champion Henninger in a big early-season test on Friday night. Goodman will be chasing the 1,000-point plateau -- and Wlekinski will be after his 350th career coaching win.

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