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CBA pulls away from Ludden again

Thomson still got lots of Ludden attention, but he still took charge on the boards and earned 11 second-half points to complement the work Bullock (12 points), Corasaniti (nine points) and Wiese (seven points) did.

Even more important, CBA's defense made Ludden pay dearly for slowing down the tempo and using large portions of the 35-second clock on its possessions.

On the one hand, the slower pace kept the Gaelic Knights in it deep into the fourth quarter. But it also led to long droughts (two of four-plus minutes) when CBA applied its trademark man-to-man pressure.

Rooney, for example, did not get a point in the second half, and though Littlejohn led both sides with 17 points, he and his teammates struggled in the fourth quarter as CBA closed on a 14-4 run.

Improving to 4-0 on the season, the Brothers will host the annual CBA Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 and 30, playing Albany CBA in the first round, a rematch of last March's Class AA regional final. Westhill is also in the field.

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