Saturday’s Section II Class AA boys basketball quarterfinal game between Christian Brothers Academy and Shenendehowa changed in the blink of an eye.
CBA (18-2) scored the game’s final five points in the last 4.4 seconds to edge Shen (13-6) 52-49 at Hudson Valley Community College.
Shen’s frustrations from a physical game boiled over as CBA made its comeback. Brandon Miller picked up a technical foul after complaining to the referee about being called for a per-sonal foul as Chaz Lott gathered an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and hit the go-ahead basket with one second left. Then, there was a fight at midcourt between Shen’s Robert Hughes and CBA’s Joe Krong after the final buzzer.
“(It was) very unfortunate for Shen,” said Shen head coach Tony Dzikas. “It was a hard-fought game between the two teams. It just got really emotional, and unfortunately it got a little ugly at the end.”
The chain of events began in the second quarter, as the physical play ramped up between the two teams. On three occasions, Shen players were sent hard to the floor, but only once was a foul called.
The physical nature of the game cooled in the third quarter as CBA buit a 38-29 lead on a 6-0 run. The Brothers remained in control through the rest of the period, as they contained Shen’s three-point shooters.
The Plainsmen rallied in the fourth quarter. They opened the final period on a 5-0 run and then cut the deficit to 47-46 on driving layups from Jackson Shea and Dylan Molloy.
“From the standpoint of con-taining their three-point shooters, we did a good job,” said CBA coach Dave Doemel. “In terms of stopping the drib-ble, we didn’t do a good job of that.”
Molloy hit one of Shen’s season-low five three-pointers with 1:34 left to give Shen a 49-47 lead. But, the Plainsmen misfired on several opportunities to extend the lead, which left the door open for CBA.