Again, though, just as the Black Knights looked safe CNS fought back, the margin cut in half before a free throw, steal and basket from Josh Williams with 23.2 seconds left made it 58-56. Worse yet, Henninger missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving the Northstars a chance to tie or go in front.
CNS threw away that opportunity, though, turning it over for the 19th time with 10.1 seconds to play. Moments later, Tommie Spinner was fouled, and he made both free throws to seal Henninger's trip to the finals.
Overall, Spinner had 14 points, just behind Delee (18 points) and Young (15 points) as they accounted for most of Henninger's offense. For CNS, Elliott Boyce led with 18 points, most of it from four 3-pointers, as Riley Moonan added 13 points and Dave Jackowski 12 points.
As this went on, Utica Proctor broke out of a fourth-quarter tie to eliminate CBA 49-40 in the other AA semifinal, setting up a title game where either the Black Knights or Raiders will find sweet redemption.