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CBA slows Shenendehowa's attack

The sequence stoked a fire inside Ritter. He drove to the basket on CBA's next two possessions and hit shots while getting fouled, and then added the extra foul shots to put the Brothers ahead 27-13.

"To be on the ground and see Josh [Dennis] hit that three, I just wanted to be down at that end of the floor helping my teammates out," said Ritter.

Once CBA got ahead by double digits, it was nearly impossible for Shen to cut the deficit below 10 points. That's because every time the Plainsmen got on a small run, the Brothers responded with a couple of quick baskets.

"They just couldn't quite get over the hump, and that's a credit to CBA," said Dzikas. "At that point, you're swimming upstream because they're a team that can also make their foul shots."

Galal Cancer was especially effective at the foul line. The junior guard made nine of his 12 free throws, including a 5-for-6 performance over the final four minutes to seal the victory.

Cancer finished with 17 points and eight rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team, while Ritter garnered most valuable player honors after his 15-point performance.

"It's the whole group of them," Doemel said of Cancer, Ritter and Weaver. "They have to react to everything that the see on the court. They see it, and they go."

Senior guards Matt Miner and Dan Lee scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, but it wasn't the type of shooting Shen fans were used to seeing from them. Lee made four of his 12 shots from the floor, while Miner was accurate 50 percent of the time, and both of them were 2-of-5 from behind the three-point arc.

"Those kids can play offense. They're a handful," said Doemel. "You have to credit [our] guys for buying into the program [defensively]."

CBA advances to Saturday's Class AA regional final against Section III champion Cicero-North Syracuse at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

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