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CBA coaching milestone denied in tournament final

St. Joe's rallies past Grimes, Brothers for first place

— All this proved a total contrast to CBA's tough effort against Nazareth the night before. A ragged first half saw both sides struggle, the Brothers going to the break nursing an unusual 11-5 lead.

By outscoring Nazareth 14-7 in the third period, CBA got clear, and Haines had much to do with it. The 6-9 senior center augmented his 12 points with 12 blocks, thought to be a single-game school record. Russo had nine points and Bailey added eight points.

In the other first-round game, Bishop Grimes, at 6-0 and no. 6 in the state Class B rankings, watched St. Joe's rally behind Jordan Glover, who got 13 of his team-high 20 points in that pivotal third period as Agbeko added 17 points.

For the Cobras, Steve Lembo had a season-best 18 points, while Jon Carnegie (12 points), Gai Ater and Casey Evans (10 points each) also hit double figures.

Still, Grimes found itself in Friday's consolation game against Nazareth, where a late comeback fell just short and the Cobras lost again, 72-64.

Trailing 11-4 early, Nazareth turned the game around with a 15-0 run that spanned the first and second periods. Early in the fourth quarter, Grimes trailed, 51-35, but used a 3-point barrage to storm back, Ater's trey making it 66-64 with 21 seconds left.

Nazareth put the game away, though, by hitting on six straight free throws in the waning seconds. Ater and Carnegie both led the Cobras with 19 points, while Evans (an All-Tournament selection) and Lembo each had 10 points. Tom Steinberg added six points.

CBA will try again to get Wleklinski his 400th win next Friday, at Chittenango, just as Grimes has the first of two highly-anticipated showdowns with Bishop Ludden in East Syracuse.

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