Christian Brothers Academy's small forwards proved to be too pesky for Cicero-North Syracuse to handle.
The Brothers received a total of 43 points from its forwards and prevented Andy Falvey and Zach Coleman from getting in gear in beating the Northstars 61-48 in last Saturday's Class AA regional final at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
It feels really good, said CBA coach Dave Doemel. "The kids worked really hard to get here."
Falvey -- who, at 6 feet, 10 inches tall, had a sizeable advantage over CBA's post players -- scored six points in the first quarter, but was then shut down as the Brothers (22-1) denied him from even touching the ball for long periods of time.
"It was frustrating," said Falvey, who finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. "They put so much [defensive] pressure on our guards that it made it difficult for them to get me the ball."
"We knew he was a big guy," said Cancer. "We knew he would be dangerous, so we had to help out on defense and deny him the ball."
Even with Falvey taken out of the equation, Cicero-North Syracuse (19-4) found ways to stay with CBA in the first half. Deyon Smith Jr. drained a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter, and Coleman added six points, but the Northstars still trailed 32-27 at halftime.
The reason Cicero-North Syracuse found itself down at intermission was CBA's Max Weaver. The junior guard drained four three-pointers on his way to a 16-point first half.
Weaver cooled off in the second half, but that was OK for CBA because other players started heating up. First, it was the duo of Joe Krong and Chaz Lott -- two guards from the bench who hit several key baskets during a 9-4 third-quarter run that gave the Brothers a 41-31 lead. Then, Cancer got into the act with three consecutive layups to open the fourth quarter.