A thunderous two handed dunk by Senior Juwan Brescacin with 5 seconds remaining brought the well attended Culver Academy crowd to their feet in a 51-49 win over Colombia City in the 3A Semi-State at Huntington North HS.
“Man the dunk felt good, even though they (Colombia City) hit a three at the end…we knew it was time to celebrate”, said Juwan Brescacin. “I didn’t particulary play well today, especially in the first half, but I tried to step it up in the second half.”
Step it up he did. Brescacin scored 11 of his final 15 points in the second half to lead his Eagles to victory. As a team, CMA shot an impressive 62% for the ballgame!
“Once again our inside play hampered this well coached, extremely talented Colombia City team.”, said an emotional CMA Head Coach, Mark Galloway. “I am so proud with how we played today. City is a tremendous ballclub who has a great future ahead of them. That’s three back-to-back-to-back teams we’ve beaten that very easily could be standing right here, that’s how good each were. But our kids don’t quit. They keep proving people wrong and that’s what I love about each and every one of them.”
CMA and Colombia City traded scores throughout the first half with both teams missing golden opportunities to score after a defensive stop at the other end numerous times. Colombia City took a halftime lead of 22-20 when Tyler Mosher scored at the buzzer for Colombia City.
“The key in the game from my point of view, was us coming out of the locker room to start the second half. We played harder and more aggressive on both sides of the court.”, said Galloway.
CMA jumped out to a 8-2 advantage early third before Colombia City started hitting some three’s to get back in it. But Brescacin made some big buckets, CMA freshman Hayes Barnes hit a momentum killing three-ball and CMA switched their star player, Jermaine Myers on C.C. sophmore stud, Drew Benedict defensively which limited his amount of “quality” looks from that point on.
“This has a been a cinderella story coming to life for these kids, Tony. They’ve earned it. Practices are continually getting better daily and their a close net group. They do about everything together on campus. It’s a big family and we are winning….only a state title would make it the best story ending. And…we will try that feat next week.”, added Galloway.
WTCA will follow the CMA Eagles (19-6) down to state next Saturday night at 6pm when they face the Washington Hatchets (23-4). Our Pre-Game Show begins at 4:45pm.
WTCA will also carry the 1A State Finals “LIVE” at Conseco when the Trojans (23-3) face Indianapolis Metropolitan (21-6) at 10:30am. WTCA Pre-Game Show around 9:50am.
Join Tony Ross & Scott Masters for all the action.