Both the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball teams won in advance of Friday night's regular-season finale at Buddy Wleklinski Court.
J-D built its win streak to 38 games Tuesday night when it traveled to Fowler and pulled away in the second half to beat the Falcons 83-58.
Back on Jan. 16, Fowler had come awfully close to ending the Rams' long win streak in J-D's own gym. And that confidence carried over for a while as the Falcons matched baskets throughout the first half, only trailing 37-34 at the break.
Whatever was figured out in the locker room sure worked out on the court, for J-D proceeded to clamp down in the third quarter, forcing turnovers that led to baskets in a 26-9 outburst that broke the game open.
Brandon Triche kept driving to the basket, either scoring or drawing fouls as he finished with 24 points. Alshwan Hymes nearly matched that number, with 22 points, while DaJuan Coleman, in the gym where he played for Fowler the year before, had 16 points. For the Falcons, Ron Monroe and Chris Gilkes each had 15 points, with Malcolm Jones adding 11 points.
In the first of back-to-back games that led up to J-D, the Brothers hosted Chittenango Monday and flew past the Bears 65-41.
Once it jumped out to a 19-7 lead, CBA was in control and stayed that way, keeping its entire bench involved as 12 different players earned field goals by game's end.
Mike Goodman, bouncing back from his three-point outing against Bishop Ludden on Feb. 6, led with 15 points. Sean Wayne had 10 points, while Mike Kitts gained nine points. Chittenango's Mike Stone matched Goodman with 15 points.
A night later, at Fulton, CBA had all kinds of offensive struggles, but still did enough to grind out a 48-33 win over the Red Raiders.
Again, the Brothers' stifling defense played a big role, holding Fulton in check much of the night as CBA, despite some inconsistency, took a 39-24 lead by the end of the third period.
Goodman, with 11 points, led the way as Kitts picked up eight points and Greg Thomson helped with seven points.