It took Drescher making a pair of timely 3-pointers in the span of a minute to finally give J-D a real cushion. He finished with 20 points, leading the Rams as Cavanaugh contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds. Coleman, despite his troubles, earned 12 points. Freshman Jafar Kinsey contributed seven points off the bench, the same total as Davi Sacco.
CBA played first, breaking in several new starters as it made its 2010-11 season debut against a Fowler squad also playing in its opener.
Midway through the opening period, the Brothers seized control when two of those new faces, Rob Cuomo and Andy Drescher, combined on three 3-pointers, and Shakir Evans hit a trey, too. That produced a 16-7 lead.
When Fowler tried to cut into that deficit in the second quarter, Thomson used his deft inside moves to accumulate baskets. All told, he had nine of his 17 points in that period, pushing CBA's edge to 29-15 at the break.
Then the Brothers put things away by scoring the first eight points of the third quarter, Thomson getting four of them as he worked his way to 17 points and 16 rebounds for the game. The lead grew to 45-24, and the rest proved a formality.
Cuomo finished with 14 points, mostly from four 3-pointers, as Shakir Evans, back from an injury that sidelined him most of last season, put up 11 points and three steals. Dieudonne Pierre led Fowler with 14 points as Malcolm Jones contributed 10 points.
In another high-profile event next weekend, CBA and J-D will participate in the Peppino's Classic at Henninger. The Brothers meet the host Black Knights Friday at 7:45, while the Rams face Rush-Henrietta Saturday at 2 p.m.