Red Rams edge CBA, end perfect regular season

All of it looked too familiar to the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team - its undefeated season in peril at the last moment because Christian Brothers Academy spoiled all the plans.

But unlike 2009, when the Brothers did prevail in the regular-season finale, the Red Rams won this time - though it took Tyler Cavanaugh's late rebound basket to pull out a 51-50 decision.

Exactly 12 months ago, CBA gave J-D its lone blemish in a 67-66 decision on the last night of the regular season as both were en route to Section III titles and the state final four in Glens Falls - the Brothers in Class AA, the Red Rams in Class A.

Now the scenario repeated itself. In the background was the fact that, on Jan. 15, J-D had gone to CBA and pulled out a 46-41 win, one of its closest calls on its way to a 17-0 start.

The latest chapter in this intense neighborhood rivalry featured, as usual, an overflow crowd that spilled over the J-D bleachers and went to the running track overlooking the court.

And it also had the same kind of tempo CBA got out of the first meeting this season as the Brothers used long possessions and consistent, effective defense to slow J-D down.

That didn't happen right away, though. the Brothers outscored the Red Rams 16-14 in the first period, then pulled back the rest of the half. True, J-D inched in front, 24-22, but it was playing at just the pace CBA wished for.

They remained in lockstep through the third quarter. One big difference from the January meeting was the increased production of J-D sophomore center DaJuan Coleman, who had 21 points, far better than the six points of the first meeting.

But other than Coleman and Lamar Kearse (16 points), the Rams were quiet, and CBA was matching them basket-for-basket, Pat Wiese hitting on four 3-pointers on his way to 17 points, with Greg Thomson (10 points), Troy Bullock (eight points) and Yosh Karbowniczak (six points) in support.

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