CRAFTSBURYâChris DeLaBruere's game winning three pointer with twenty-seven seconds left to play was the difference as UCA picked up their second win over Craftsbury, defeating the Chargers 51-48 in a very exciting D-IV match-up.
"I knew that the shot had to be made, and I took it upon myself to make it because I had been shooting hot tonight and I got lucky," said DeLaBruere
Said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere on the win, "Our team played intensely, and that is the kind of game it was. We knew coming down here what is was going be and it was nice to come down, check out the new building and fortunately we able to come out with a win."
"It is never the last possession that costs you the game, it is the last one that you remember," said Charger coach Rick Thomas. "It's the twenty-five turnovers, a lot of them unforced, so we gave them a lot of opportunities. We tried to take it back, but it is hard to overcome those kinds of deficits."
Coming off their big win against Richford, Craftsbury came out ready to play, and Mael Le Scouezec, who got the nod to start from coach Thomas, got the team going with a nice strip of Marquel Webster, but the Chargers couldn't convert.
Webster would get his revenge, taking a pass from Paul Saaman and nailing the easy lay-up to start the game's scoring.
Kyle Adams, who had his best game of the year by far, answered for the Academy, followed by a three from his teammate Logan Masse.
DeLaBruere got his first points of the night, scoring a basket and the foul to complete the three point play.
From there Chris hit his first of two three's of the quarter, book-ending an Alex Vetere trey in the process.
Webster would close out the quarter with a pair from the line, and after eight it was 13-8 UCA.
Vetere opened up the second with a deuce, making it 13-10.
DeLaBruere, who seemed to have an answer for everybody and everything on this night, countered, making both shots of a one and one.
"My teammates were getting me open shots and really focusing on getting me the ball when I was open," Chris said on what was going well for him early on.
Adam's got his game rolling in the second, making the first of his five three's of the night.
Again it was DeLaBruere responding for UCA, hitting two from the line to move the lead 17-13.
Why Craftsbury kept on fouling Chris is beyond me. He was 11-13 from the line, never buckling in key situations.
He would go 7-8 from the charity stripe in the second, and at the break UCA was 25-18.
If the second quarter belonged to DeLaBruere, then the third went Adams.
Kyle was in fine form as he directed traffic out on the court, whether playing give and go with Vetere, posting up or shooting from downtown.
He finished the quarter with twelve points, making two three's, two twos, and a pair from the line.
"Kyle is a team captain and well as a floor captain and is extremely knowledgeable about the game. He keeps the rhythm going," said Thomas.
Webster also had a strong quarter as his nine points (three field goals, three free throws) led the Crusaders.
However, by the end of the quarter, both he and Saaman were in serious foul trouble, and the hard-nosed defense UCA had been playing would have to be tapered to adapt to the conditions.
Knowing that UCA could realistically be out of subs within minutes, Craftsbury needed to put the spurs to their Orleans County rivals during the fourth.
Saaman was able to stall the onslaught, hitting an early three, and Webster followed that up with a lay-up.
But the Chargers were lurking, waiting to make their move, and who else but Adams would lead the charge, no pun intended.
He hit for three to bring the score to 42-35, cutting the deficit down to seven.
Webster moved the lead back to nine before fouling out of the game with 3:29 left to play.
Then the Academy pounced.
Vetere went 1-2 from the line, Adams hit another three, and Vetere hit two more from the stripe to close the gap to 44-41.
Saaman gave UCA some breathing room, making two from the line, but Austin Masi made his only shot of the game, a three, and Adams made a lay-up and we were all tied at 46 with 1:20 remaining.
Adams kept the ball moving, shook loose his defender, and put the Chargers ahead for the first time since the first quarter.
UCA had fifty-eight seconds to try and get the lead back, or they would move to .500 on the season.
After scoring nineteen points in the first half, Chris had been quiet in the second, scoring only three points up to this point.
Undeterred he took the ball at the top of the key and let loose a textbook three pointer to give UCA back the lead and the eventual win.
"He is a very capable shooter, and too his detriment some times he feels too comfy, shooting 8-10 feet from beyond the arc," said coach DeLaBruere with a smile.
The win keeps UCA undefeated at 2-0 while Craftsbury moves to 1-2.
Said Chris DeLaBruere on the win, "It's a 2-0 start for our season, and these are the games that we need to really work hard in, and we did."
Adams, who once again I must state, played a phenomenal game, led all scorers with 29 points, followed by Vetere's eleven.
Chris DeLaBruere, who was no slouch out on the hardwood either, was two points behind Adams leading UCA with 27, while Webster added nineteen.
UCA is back home on Saturday at 2:30 while Craftsbury will be in action at the same time in Rochester.