continued The eighth meeting turned out the same.
This game was nearly the exact opposite of the match-up between the two squads on Dec. 29. Rather than fighting back from a deficit late in the game, CBA hung around for the first half, then lost the game in the third quarter, ultimately falling by an 80-71 margin.
The first quarter ended with J-D up 16-13, having never trailed through those first eight minutes. In the second frame, CBA briefly seized control on a Monte Stroman lay-up, but consecutive 3-pointers by Jacob Eich and James Jones put J-D back on top. They would remain there for the rest of the contest.
CBA still had a chance after the half, down 37-34, before that game-changing third quarter. The period only served to add to the legacy of J-D senior Jafar Kinsey, who has beaten CBA twice on buzzer-beaters in the past two seasons, including that late-December encounter.
Kinsey scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the third quarter, nearly matching the 13 points CBA put up in that period as a team, as J-D broke the game open. J-D carried a 57-47 lead into the fourth quarter, the lead ballooning to 15 at one point before a CBA comeback attempt began.
Russo, held scoreless in the second half to that point, hit a layup with 3:09 left in the contest that pulled CBA to within 12. A quick 5-0 run, spearheaded by Russo and Stroman, got them even closer, down just 71-64.
J-D struggled at the free-throw line, missing 50 percent of its free-throw attempts in the final two minutes of the contest. Still, the seven free throws they hit proved to be enough, and with his team down 75-71, Russo fouled out of the game, effectively ruining any chance CBA had at pulling off the upset.