Everything was going to plan for the Christian Brothers Academy basketball team.
Then, everything went wrong.
The Brothers (23-1) made only three baskets over the final 14 minutes of regulation and overtime, which allowed Section VI champion Jamestown to pull out a 61-56 victory in last Saturday's state Class AA semifinal game at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
We went a little stagnant on offense where we couldn't get the ball in the hoop, and that's the story of the game, said CBA coach Dave Doemel.
The Brothers led 39-31 late in the third quarter before they went ice cold from the field. Their only salvation in the fourth quarter and overtime came at the free throw line, where they made 10 out of their 11 foul shots.
While CBA went cold, Jaysean Paige heated up. The senior guard scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help Jamestown (20-4) win.
"I thought Galal [Cancer] did a great job on him defensively," said Doemel. "We were in good defensive position, but we couldn't get a stop because they were more physical than us."
CBA looked sharp in the first half against Jamestown. Senior guard Max Weaver drained a pair of three-pointers on his way to a 10-point performance in the half, and Chaz Lott came off the bench to score seven points as the Brothers took the lead.
It wasn't a big lead, though. Jamestown made several mini runs to prevent the Brothers from building anything larger than a 10-point advantage. By halftime, CBA only had a 26-21 lead.
The Brothers tried again to put Jamestown away in the third quarter. A 7-0 run highlighted by Weaver's third three-pointer and a Sha Cancer layup increased CBA's led to eight points.
The younger Cancer's layup proved to be one of the last baskets CBA made in the game. A combination of strong Jamestown defense and poor shot selection left the Brothers vulnerable to a Red Raider comeback.