But after Rob Cumo hit a running basket early in the third quarter, the Brothers went more than seven minutes without a single point. Every shot, inside and outside, rolled off the rim as CBA's patient approach backfired.
J-D didn't take full advantage at first, though, going through its own third-period slump. Then Drescher, the Rams' 6-2 guard, converted a three-point play late in the quarter, and proceeded to play the best basketball of his varsity career.
As part of a 14-0 run that stretched deep into the fourth quarter, Drescher had nine points, draining a 3-pointer and getting a basket and free throw on consecutive possessions that extended the Rams ' lead to 39-27, and it never got caught again. Drescher added six more points in the late going, giving him 18 points for the night, before leaving to a standing ovation with two minutes left.
"When the tempo changed, that helped me get to the hoop," said Drescher. "We ran our sets, and it worked."
"Pete is starting to realize that he can be really good," said McKenney, who added that the absence of Demetrius Mitchell in the lineup has forced other guards - like Drescher - to step up.
Despite some uneven moments, Coleman and Cavanugh each finished with 14 points in support of Drescher's star turn. Evans was the only CBA player to reach double figures, leading his side with 17 points as Thomson had just four points.
All this followed a girls game between the Brothers and Red Rams that, for a time in the second half, was spiraling toward a rout before J-D surge in the closing minutes.
Held without a point for more than seven minutes in the first half, J-D remained close by playing strong team defense and only trailed by five, 17-12, at halftime, as CBA struggled with its own bouts of inconsistency.