As this went on, CBA's boys side, not looking ahead to Sunday's "Holy War" revival with Bishop Ludden, had a chance to climb to the .500 mark - and did so, beating ESM 50-38.
The Brothers won its fourth straight game - and at the same time,it avenged a 59-51 defeat at ESM back on that same Dec. 11 where the girls had prevailed.
Mostly, the Brothers accomplished this through stifling, in-your face defense. CBA's man-to-man pressure drove ESM into a series of mistakes in the early going as the Spartans got just five points in the first quarter and could never fully recover.
Leading 22-13 at halftime, the Brothers steadily maintained that margin in the last two periods through the work of Charlie Russo, who again led the attack as he got 22 points, nearly half his team's output.
Up front, Jack Pfohl stood out, with 10 rebounds to go with his seven points. Billy Burns also had seven points as Jake Wilcox got eight points and Dylan Lambert had six points. ESM's Sean Richardson led both sides with 19 points as he and Eyan Underwood (11 points) accounted for all but two of the Spartans' field goals.