Since they both lost games in the holiday-tournament season, the Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes boys basketball teams decided to meet each other Saturday night.
And it proved a close and exciting affair, with yet another great performance from the Cobras' Mike Stone - but when it was done, the Brothers had prevailed 62-57.
Even in the face of CBA's trademark defense, Stone converted on a wide range of baskets in the first half, enough to help Grimes earn a 33-30 halftime lead.
All told, Stone would get 29 points, 10 of them from free throws. But he, and the rest of the Cobras, cooled off in the third quarter, just as CBA was starting to hit some outside shots in a 22-11 spurt that put them ahead. Fatigue may have
set in, too, as Grimes was playing its fourth game in six days.
To stay in front, the Brothers made eight of nine free throws in the final period and were 13-for-16 for the half. Greg Thomson and Rob Cuomo both finished with 18 points as Andy Drescher added 10 points.
CBA won despite a quiet effort from Shakir Evans, who had just five points. But it kept anyone from Grimes, other than Stone, from reaching double figures, and held Mike Sugamosto without a field goal as Casey Evans (eight points), Connor Sohl and Jon Carnegie (six points each) could not make up for it.
Back at the start of the week, Grimes, not suffering a letdown after its crucial Feb. 4 win over Bishop Ludden, got another big effort from Stone and beat Solvay 65-54.
Solvay had won five of six games and had just knocked off Westhill behind a 29-point, 14-rebound effort from center Dan Aiello.
But Aiello never got close to that mark here. Sugamosto and Carnegie combined to hold him to 10 points, something that teammate Deon Knighton-Kearse (20 points) could not fully overcome.