All season, Christian Brothers Academy had its sights set on a return trip to the Glens Falls Civic Center and an opportunity to defend its second consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA boys' basketball championship.
While it may have seemed like a long journey beginning back in November, the Brothers wasted little time in securing the victory they needed in the regional final Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
CBA scored the first 15 points of the game and was never challenged in knocking off Section III champion Henninger 69-37.
We shot the ball well and our defense stepped it up right out of the shoot, CBA coach Dave Doemel said. "That gave us confidence and a bit of a comfort zone when they made a run at us."
Henninger's first three attempts at the basket were quickly denied.
CBA's Taylor Mulvey stuffed the Black Knights first two shots of the game and Galal Cancer stole an inside pass under the basket in the first 21 seconds of play.
Tommy Spinner's three-pointer was Henninger's first points of the game and didn't come until the 4:10 mark.
The Black Knights finished the opening quarter with a 7-2 run to trim the CBA lead 17-10.
"It's always good to see our friends in the North Country," Doemel said of his team's game in Glens Falls scheduled for Saturday at noon. "I hope we can give them something good to watch. Playing so tough on both ends of the floor today keyed our victory."
The CBA defense forced Henninger to turn the ball over on the inbounds pass to begin the second quarter. Despite being pressured the Black Knights got within five points of the lead with 6:07 left in the half.
CBA quickly slammed the door on any possibility on allowing Henninger back in the game.