What was supposed to be a classic battle turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Christian Brothers Academy went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter and cruised to a 59-47 victory over Shenendehowa in Tuesday's Section II Class AA boys basketball championship game at Albany's Times Union Center.
Those kids did a great job, said CBA coach Dave Doemel, who coached the Brothers (21-1) to their fifth Sectional title in the last eight years. "I say it every year: it's a new group of kids, and it's up to them to come together as a team."
The Brothers put together a strong defensive plan to take Shen (20-2) out of its rhythm offensively. They guarded the perimeter and prevented the Plainsmen from driving to the basket and then kicking the ball out to the open shooter.
"Credit CBA. They took us out of what we wanted to do," said Shen coach Tony Dzikas.
To complicate matters for Shen, CBA started hitting its perimeter shots. Junior guard Max Weaver drained four three-pointers -- usually at critical junctures in the game when Shen was trying to close the gap -- and senior forward Kameron Ritter added a pair of shots from behind the three-point arc.
"Weav is that kind of kid," Doemel said of Weaver, who led three CBA players in double figures with 18 points. "Mentally, he's one of the toughest kids I've ever known."
"We talked about playing more zone [defense], and then they start hitting those threes and it's hard to play zone at that point," said Dzikas.
However, it was Josh Dennis' three-pointer midway through the second quarter that set the wheels in motion for a CBA victory. At the time Dennis drained his three, Ritter was lying on the ground near midcourt after coming in contact with a Shen defender. No foul was called on the play.