continued "It looked like all they wanted to do was have us score so they could get (the ball) over our heads and score at the other end," said Leppanen.
Scoring wasn't the only thing Leppanen did for CBA. He also stole the ball three times and dished out five assists, including a long pass that sophomore forward Greg Stire converted into a layup with two seconds left in the third quarter that gave the Brothers a 46-45 lead.
"Getting the ball off to Stire at the end of the third quarter and then scoring the first four points of the fourth quarter gave us the cushion that we needed," said Leppanen.
Stire (eight points) was one of four CBA players that stepped up in the second half. Nate Robinson scored four of his 10 points to start the third quarter, Joe Krong hit a baseline jump shot and a three-pointer to give the Brothers a 44-43 lead and Sha Cancer added five points early in the fourth quarter to increase CBA's advantage to 53-47.
"Sha did a great job all night both offensively and defensively," Doemel said of Cancer. "He handled the ball against the (full-court) press, and he played the wing on defense and did a great job of guarding their big shooter (Barton)."
Chris Simmons scored 14 points, and Naroon Harvey added 12 points for Proctor.
CBA advances to the Class AA state tournament for the third consecutive year. The Brothers meet Section I champion Mount Vernon in Saturday's semifinal round at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
"It's always a pleasure to get Mount Vernon," said Doemel. "Coach (Robert) Cimmino always does a great job with them, and they're a very talented team."