CBA’s Joe Krong hits the tying shot during Monday’s Section II Class AA championship game against Troy.
continued Nate Robinson was CBA’s primary weapon in regulation. The junior forward had his best game of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds while dealing with Troy’s sizeable front line of Jerrell Reid and Kareem Brown.
“I kept my composure all game, and that’s what coach teaches us in practice,” said Robinson.
“I think it took a great effort by Nate inside to establish some room for us to score,” said Doemel.
When crunch time came, though, it was Krong and sophomore forward Greg Stire who made the key baskets. Krong made three consecutive free throws and when he missed a fourth foul shot, Stire swooped in for the offensive rebound and the put back to tie the score at 44 with 1:15 left. The entire sequence took six seconds to complete.
Trahmier Burrell put Troy back in the lead with a three-point play, but Robinson followed Stire’s missed shot with a tap in to get CBA within a point at 47-46. Dyaire Holt made one out of his two foul shots with 17.2 seconds left to give the Flying Horses a two-point lead before Krong’s runner sent the game into overtime.
Burrell finished with a game-high 27 points for Troy, but he alone couldn’t overcome CBA’s balanced attack. Besides Robinson’s double-double, Krong and Lott each scored 14 points and Stire added 12 points and 14 rebounds.
“Greg (Stire) and Robby (Robinson) played great,” said Lott. “If it weren’t for them, I don’t know where we would be right now.”
Where CBA is headed is familiar territory, as the Brothers advance to their fourth consecutive regional final. CBA meets Section III champion Utica Proctor at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.