CBA freshman guard Natalie Nardella (32) goes up to block a shot by Jamesville-DeWitt's Alyssa Robens (14) in Friday night's game. Nardella also had a career-high 13 points to help the Brothers prevail, 43-37, and give the Red Rams its first defeat of the season.
continued That made it 38-31, and J-D never got closer than five again, despite a strong inside effort from Cydney Goodrum, who finished with 14 points.
Romeo led with 15 points, and despite foul trouble she got a handful of key blocks down the stretch. As a whole, CBA's defense excelled, holding Robens and Cavanaugh to one field goal apiece in the second half.
When that was done, it was time for the boys game and for another chance for J-D to show that, at full strength, it was a squad far removed from the injury-plagued unit that started the season 2-5.
Only once did the Rams trail, at 3-2 less than 90 seconds into the game, but J-D proceeded to hold the Brothers without a field goal for five-plus minutes on its way to a 17-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.
After CBA cut the margin to 17-11, the Rams all but decided matters by closing the half on a 19-6 run, sparked by Rasheed Baker, who came off the bench to score nine points in a span of less than two minutes.
J-D's defense, featuring Baker and James Dourdas, centered its attention on CBA's top scorer, Mike Russo, and held him to one field goal in the first half. Meanwhile, Baker and Jafar Kinsey (10 first-half points) provided plenty of production on the other end.
Any doubts were erased when Dom DeRegis, shut out in the first two periods, scored all of his 10 points in the third quarter, the margin growing to 59-25 by the end of that frame as J-D's starters sat out the entire fourth quarter.