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ans were re­ally good about closing off the lane and mak­ing GA take tough jump shots in­side the arc.

“GA has two studs and we knew we’d have our work cut out for us,” Krasna said. “They filled it up a bit in the sec­ond half but I thought our guys just ex­e­cuted the game plan. One of the keys for us was de­fend with­out foul­ing and we did that in the first half.”

Jimmy Duffy, one of CRN’s co-cap­tains, hit a turn­around buzzer-beater in the lane to end the first frame and it cer­tainly em­bold­ened the In­di­ans of­fen­sively. Lead­ing 13-5 af­ter one, CR North stretched its lead out to 21-7 on an 8-2 run to start the sec­ond.

The In­di­ans moved the ball very well with se­nior co-cap­tain point guard DJ Mis­chak or­ches­trat­ing things. Af­ter a trey by GA’s Juan Adames cut it to 21-10, CRN scored the next eight and ended the half on a 14-2 run punc­tu­ated by a Mis­chak triple with 0.9 left on the clock.

“I think it was a lack of ef­fort,” Fen­erty said. “The ef­fort we put forth on Wed­nes­day against Pen­ning­ton and even against Cristo Rey last Satur­day was not ev­i­dent tonight. I’m not sure why that it is, but some­times that’s the hardest part of the game.”

A bucket by Mis­chak (13 points) put CR North up 41-13, giv­ing the In­di­ans their largest lead at 28 points with 4:16 left in the third quar­ter.

GA fi­nally woke up over the last twoplus min­utes of the third quar­ter. A put­back by Diego Car­rasco sparked a 14-0 run by the Patriots that sliced the lead down to 43-30 with 18 sec­onds left in the frame.

One of the is­sues with try­ing to dig out of such a big hole is the other team has plenty of space to keep push­ing the lead out. The In­di­ans did just that with their free throw shoot­ing, in­clud­ing two key makes by Hunter Wan that ended GA’s spurt.

“We had mul­ti­ple guys knock them down, Hunter Wan, DJ Mis­chak, An­drew Ste­wart, when those guys got to the line, they cap­i­tal­ized and gave us more breath­ing room,” Krasna said. “Those were big plays in that third quar­ter. We didn’t have a field goal in the lat­ter half of that third quar­ter.”

Longino, GA’s lead­ing scorer, had a frus­trat­ing night and posted just nine points while Basile had 10.

GA will play in the tour­na­ment con­so­la­tion game Satur­day at 1:30.

“We started 2-0, beat a re­ally good Pen­ning­ton team and I think we started to think we were back, well, we’re not back, not yet,” Fen­erty said. “We’re still rel­a­tively young and the hardest part of im­prove­ment is be­tween your ears.”

It’s just one game, but Krasna hopes his guys will con­tinue to be­lieve, start­ing with the tour­na­ment fi­nal on Satur­day at 5.

“The big­gest thing, and it’s some­thing the coaches have known all along, you have to be­lieve,” Krasna said. “A win like that, it does make you be­lieve. We’ve be­lieved in our guys ever since we met them so now it’s a mat­ter of them tak­ing that step.”

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