Ludden claims tournament showdown with F-M

CBA rally falls just short against Henninger

— F-M's hopes were thwarted, though, when Wittig fouled out with 3:02 left. It was still a four-point margin, 64-60, when Ludden's Cameron Littlejohn hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock ran out, with 53 seconds left.

Fighting to the end, F-M cut it to 68-65 as Avellino hit his seventh 3-pointer. But free throws by Kaigler and Littlejohn would clinch the Gaelic Knights' win.

Then it was CBA's turn to face a host side from Henninger that had beaten Jamesville-DeWitt 78-62 the night before. Going in, the Brothers' intent was to keep the Black Knights from picking up the tempo.

That worked for a half. Though Henninger led most of the way, the Brothers' pressure slowed things down, and Charlie Russo (seven points) and Will Brower (six points) produced timely basket. As with F-M and Ludden, this game went to halftime even, at 24-24.

CBA even took a brief 28-26 lead early in the third quarter, but Henninger answered with a big offensive outburst, more than doubling its total in that single period and racing to a 49-40 lead. And all of this came despite Russo getting 10 points to keep the Brothers within range.

With less than six minutes left, CBA trailed 58-45. But led by Russo and Brower, the Brothers chipped away at the margin down the stretch, and when Jared Sayles hit a jumper with 1:40 to play, Henninger had just a three-point advantage, 64-61.

As with Ludden, though, Henninger iced it with three throws - one from Marquane Silvers and two from Chris Hicks - and the Brothers managed just one more field goal in the waning seconds.

Russo led both sides with 27 points, 20 of them coming in the second half. Brower had 13 points, while Dylan Lambert got eight points. Henninger point guard Romero Collier had 13 points and 13 assists, with Ahmad McKinney adding 18 points and Keith Tyson II getting 10 points.

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