Last year, on March 11, the world of sports was about to stop. The Christian Brothers Academy players were getting ready for their second game of the State Tournament, but instead they never got a chance to play.
After months of mask wear, social distancing and hand washing, the team were finally able to get a short season starting in January. Those 13 games meant the world for the players, especially the seniors, who would never wear the CBA uniform again.
The final was against a rival school: Bishop Grimes. In the second half, the Brothers had a lot of the momentum. They were led by Mike Schaefer, who racked up 20 points in what ended up being a 58-40 win.
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- ABC beat Bishop Grimes by a final score of 58-40 on Thursday night
- It was senior night for the Brothers, who were looking for their 26th straight win dating from last year.
- With no playoffs on the horizon, it was the final for the Brothers
Afterwards, their head coach explained how special this moment was, especially given the circumstances of what the kids have been through over the past 365 days.
“When you win a game in March, you are preparing to prepare for another game. For us, that wasn’t the case,” said Buddy Wleklinski. “Last year March 11 was our last game and everything was called off from there. We just tried to tell them, our guys did whatever they could have done. They played hard, they played together as a band. They really loved each other. So it was a fun year to go through. The five, six weeks that they played basketball with masks on is going to be something they will remember for the rest of their life. “
After the game, a group of around 20 friends and family waited for the team to leave the building. They had signs and started clapping as soon as the doors opened. It was a special moment for these fans and families, as well as for the players on the team.