With every possession a battle in the fourth quarter, it figured that Thomson would take over. The senior center notched a couple of early baskets, made two free throws after CNS again cut it to one at 48-47, and hit on a huge three-point play with 2:51 left that made the score 51-47.
"At first, we were hesitant to get the ball to Greg," said Wleklinski. "But once he does get the ball, he's tough inside."
CNS would not catch up, as Shakir Evans, who finished with 18 points, hit six of his nine free-throw attempts in the waning minutes. Drescher also hit some important foul shots as he earned 13 points. In defeat, Coleman led CNS with 16 points, while Josh Williams put up 10 points and Elliott Boyce added eight points.
CBA, who improved to 3-1 on the season, now rests and gets ready to host the annual Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 and 30. Visiting teams include defending state Class B champion Westhill (who won the tournament a year ago) and St. Joseph's, a Buffalo-area Catholic power.