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Brothers are searching for more balance

Brothers are searching for more balance

Kameron Ritter poured in 35 points when Christian Brothers Academy last met Bishop Maginn, yet the j

Kameron Ritter poured in 35 points when Christian Brothers Academy last met Bishop Maginn, yet the junior’s career-high performance wasn’t enough to get his team over the hump in another loss to the reigning state champions.

For the fifth straight time, the Brothers succumbed to the Golden Griffins, 69-63, in a late December game that represents their lone Big 10 defeat.

“Kameron got us back in the game after we got behind. He hit big shots and gave us a chance to climb back in it, but we’ve got to get contributions from other guys. Otherwise, we’ll come up short again,” CBA coach Dave Doemel said in anticipation of tonight’s 7:30 rematch at Bishop Maginn. “We’ve got to have everyone chip in a little bit.”

More balance at the offensive end, and an efficient, methodical tempo are musts for CBA (12-1, 14-2) as it tries to stay in contention for the league title, and attempts to end a Bishop Maginn (11-0, 12-3) winning streak against Section II teams that reached 42 games Tuesday.

That streak includes 33 straight league victories, a stretch which began after a 62-61 loss to CBA midway through the 2006-07 campaign.

“It’s all about tempo,” said Bishop Maginn coach Rich Hurley. “They want to play their style. Four, five, six passes. Get the ball to the open man and take good shots. On the other hand, we want to pressure them, take them out of what they do, and go up and down a little.

“We both want to try to get the game going our way.”

Bishop Maginn did so at the outset, and in key stretches afterward, in beating CBA the first time.

“Early on, we had it our way, then they had it their way,” Hurley said. “It was a game of runs the last time.”

Bishop Maginn scored the first six points and held off CBA with a balanced attack that saw Taran Buie score 16 points, John Scurry net 12, Jerel Scott net nine and three others contribute eight.

“We got down, 6-0, and lost by six,” Doemel said. “We can’t let them get off to a big start. When a team has to expend a lot of energy to get back in it, it’s always difficult to finish it off.”

It’s also difficult to win with only one double-digit scorer. Galal Cancer and John Dennis both managed seven points in the loss to Maginn, and no other CBA player had more than four.

“We’ve got to score a little better, and we have to handle the ball a little better,” said Doemel. “They’ll give us different looks with their press. They come after us.”

Hurley said he isn’t surprised CBA, despite losing its top three scorers, is the team pressuring Bishop Maginn for the league’s top position. CBA won three league titles in four seasons before Bishop Maginn won its first crown in 2008.

“CBA is very good. When you win, it becomes contagious,” Hurley said. “At the start of the year, some people who thought they were going to be down were seriously mistaken. They’re right where they were last year.”

CBA has won four in a row since losing to Long Island Lutheran, and is 10-1 since its home loss to Bishop Maginn. The state’s No. 18-ranked Class AA team got a a career-best 18 points from Max Weaver and 16 out of 6-foot-8 Andy Stire in Tuesday’s 67-35 victory over Troy.

“Weaver has played very, very well. He gives us that little lift off the bench,” Doemel said of the sophomore guard. “He’s a very inspirational guy. He dives on the floor. He takes charges, and that attitude is catchy. The other guys feed off him.”

Ritter, however, is CBA’s primary option with an 18.3 points-per-game average.

“He’s a fantastic player,” Hurley said of the 6-4 forward. “He works hard at what he does, and he deserves every accolade that comes his way.”

Bishop Maginn is led by Buie, Bunduka Kargbo and James Torres. Buie, a prize Division I recruit and the state tournament most valuable player as a sophomore, leads the state’s No. 17-ranked Class AA team with an 18.8 scoring average.

“We’ve leaned on those guys all year long, but we have a couple of other juniors that have really stepped up and are starting to come into their own,” Hurley said.

Spartans win

Zach Morton scored 17 points, and Hayden Skalski had a season-high 15 as Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (7-6, 9-8) rallied for a 62-55 Suburban Council win over Columbia Thursday night. Steve King led the Blue Devils (6-8, 10-8) with 15 points.

Alex and Peter Heffern combined for 36 points, and Central Hudson Valley League leader Heatly (11-2, 13-4) defeated Doane Stuart, 72-60.

Chris Gattman scored 19 points, John Resch had 14 and Fort Plain (8-10) surprised Southern Division leader Canajoharie, 52-44, in a non-league game matching Western Athletic Conference teams. Payton Stahler scored 18 points for the Cougars (14-3).





Diggs 3-3-9, Keefe 3-0-8, King 6-0-15, Douty 0-2-2, Reed 4-0-8, Wilber 1-0-3, Gaule 3-2-8, Norwood 1-0-2. Totals: 21-7-55.


Pelletir 3-0-6, Maloney 3-0-7, Skalski

6-2-15, Page 3-2-8, Morton 6-5-17, Layton

1-3-5, Meyers 1-2-4. Totals: 23-14-62.

Columbia 14 17 15  9 — 55

Burnt Hills  8 18 21 15 — 62

Three-point goals: Keefe 2, King 3, Wilber, Maloney, Skalski.




Cary 3-0-9, Kwan 3-0-8, Hohenstein-Flack 1-1-3, Stuart 5-3-13, Wager 11-5-27. Totals: 23-9-60.


Bryant 4-2-10, Fish 3-0-8, Gleason 4-1-9, A. Heffern 8-2-20, P. Heffern 6-0-16, Lazzaro 2-0-4, Patalino 0-2-2, Skiba 1-0-3. Totals: 28-7-72.

Doane Stuart 20  8 14 18 — 60

Heatly 23 21 18 10 — 72

Three-point goals: Cary 3, Kwan 2, Fish 2, A. Heffern 2, P. Heffern 4, Skiba.




Barhydt 1-1-4, Baker 1-4-7, Porter 1-0-2, Kane 1-1-3, Clute 0-1-1, Smith 1-0-2, Gattman 8-3-19, Resch 6-2-14. Totals: 19-12-52.


Klock 4-0-11, Moshier 2-0-4, O’Neil 4-0-9, Stahler 7-2-18, Taylor 1-0-2. Totals: 18-2-44.

Fort Plain 11  8 14 19 — 52

Canajoharie 4 13 14 13 — 44

Three-point goals: Barhydt, Baker, Klock 3, O’Neil, Stahler 2.





Baum 2-5-11, Logan 2-0-4, Voght 2-2-6, Gros 1-0-2. Totals: 7-7-23.


Blood 3-3-9, Stahler 2-1-5, Liddle 5-1-11, Burns 0-2-2, Pank 2-2-8, Ward 2-1-5, Bowley 0-1-1, Aldi 3-0-9, Mosher 0-2-2. Totals: 17-13-52.

Fort Plain 13  3  4  3 — 23

Canajoharie 13 11 17 11 — 52

Three-point goals: Baum 2, Pank 2, Aldi 3.



Bruno 3-0-6, Clouthier 2-0-4, McDonald 6-0-12, Stippa 6-2-14, Friel 1-0-2, Chrudina 1-0-2. Totals: 19-2-40.

Furlano 2-1-5, Sears 0-2-2, Springer 2-0-4, Eaton 0-1-1. Totals: 4-4-12.

CA 8 8 14 10 — 40

NL 2 2  4  4 — 12




Keeler 1-0-3, Behrens 1-0-2, Nieto 1-0-2, Lossow 1-0-2. Totals: 4-0-9.


DegGurahian 0-4-4, Filkins 1-0-2, Austin 1-0-3, Arno 2-2-6, Dailey 3-0-8, O’Connor 3-0-6, Roth 8-2-18, Racz 2-3-7, Hendrick 1-0-2. Totals: 21-11-56.

Chatham  2  2  5 0 —  9

Maple Hill 17 16 19 4 — 56

Three-point goals: Keeler, Dailey 2, Austin.

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