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Hornets rule in CBA Holiday Classic

F-M completes sweep of struggling J-D

— Tomer Nesher stepped up, too, the senior earning 24 points, while sophomore point guard Jake Wittig had a season-best 15 points to go with 11 assists. J-D, in defeat, got 14 points from Jafar Kinsey and 10 points from Mike Mulvihill.

After all this, CBA lost its tournament opener to Thurgood Marshall (New York City) 61-52, a game where the middle stages proved critical.

Up by a slim 13-12 margin after one period, the Brothers saw Marshall outscore them 23-19 in a wild second quarter to move in front. CBA’s hopes of catching up took a hit when it only managed eight points in the third quarter.

Billy Burns led the Brothers with 13 points, while Charlie Russo and Will Brower each had 11 points. Alex Brunner added six points.

Sunday's second-day action would climax with F-M taking on CBA. And after struggling for long portions of the game, the Hornets picked just the right time to unleash a devastating run as, led by Wittig, it beat the Brothers 69-55.

Through a closely played first half, CBA kept finding open spots within F-M's vaunted 1-3-1 defense, whether it was outside shots from Russo or inside looks from Brower. As a result, the Brothers grabbed the lead in the second quarter and took a 30-27 edge to the break.

Russo threatened to take over in the third quarter, scoring 11 of his game-high 25 points in that period. When another Russo 3-pointer found the net late in the period, CBA was up 43-38.

Seconds later, the Brothers protested an F-M block that it thought was goaltending. Perhaps that rattled CBA, for F-M scored the last seven points of the period, grabbing a 45-43 lead.

That was just the start, though, of a 25-5 outburst. Wittig, whose baskets had kept F-M close, drew in the defenders, and then flung it to Schurman and Nesher, who combined for 15 of those 25 points on their way to finishing with 17 points apiece.

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