CBA ends J-D's 38-game win streak

Pat Wiese went to the foul line, dribbled and made the free throws, just as he had done hundreds of times before in practice.

Except this wasn't practice. Seconds later, Wiese and his Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball teammates were on the floor, surrounded by close to the entire student body, celebrating one of the biggest victories in the program's long and storied history.

When the Brothers beat Jamesville-DeWitt 67-66 Friday night at the newly-dedicated John F. Lynch Gymnasium, it put an end to the Red Rams' 38-game win streak -- and only added another chapter to what is becoming an immense neighborhood rivalry.

CBA was the last team to beat the Red Rams in December 2007. When they had met Jan. 9 at J-D, the Brothers' furious late rally fell short as the Rams held on to win, 61-57, one of the closest calls in J-D's long win streak that included a 2008 state Class A championship.

Buddy Wleklinski, the Brothers' head coach, said his team did not fear J-D the way so many other opponents did, so they were able to prepare for this showdown with an extra dose of confidence.

"There was no intimidation," Wleklinski said. "We treated it as a game against a team we played before, and our kids did a great job preparing."

Further, CBA's players were convinced that poor outside shooting led to that loss a month ago, and they fixed that problem in front of a packed house (all advance tickets sold out days in advance of the game) on Senior Night.

Mike Kitts set the tone with five of the Brothers' eight 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points. He helped CBA snatch the lead late in the first quarter, as the margin grew as much as 10 late in the first half.

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