Good players are on hand for the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball in the 2013-14 season. It’s just a matter of whether the top talent gets enough help to make the Brothers a serious Class AA title contender.
As a proper opening test, the Brothers played a pair of Class AA opponents to open the season, starting last Tuesday with a visit to Cicero-North Syracuse that went well for a while until things went cold late in a 67-47 loss to the Northstars.
Every game between CBA and C-NS has extra meaning since the Northstars’ head coach, John Haas, is a CBA graduate (Class of 1989) and member of its Athletic Hall of Fame, having played three sports at the school, including basketball.
So, up against his coaching mentor in Buddy Wleklinski, Haas and C-NS had a new weapon on hand – point guard Connor Evans, just transferred from Bishop Grimes. And Evans had six points as the Northstars shook off a cold start to grab an early 11-4 lead.
Led by Charlie Russo and Dylan Lambert, CBA countered with an 18-4 spurt that carried deep into the second quarter. Evans ended that string with a rare four-point play (made 3-pointer, plus foul shot) that helped the Northstars close within two, 27-25, by halftime.
They went back and forth in the third quarter before Evans and Brian DeMonte hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the period to put C-NS ahead for good. Though it only trailed 45-41 going to the final period, the Brothers managed just two field goals the rest of the way and never made a 3-pointer all night, going 0-for-24.
Other than Russo, who finished with 23 points but struggled with late foul trouble, and Lambert, who got 14 points, no other CBA player had more than two field goals. Evans led the Northstars with 24 points and got support from DeMonte (13 of his 15 points were in the second half) and forward Ronnie Williams, who added 12 points.