BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — Late in the first quarter, Petar Bebic allowed himself a peek at the scoreboard in Shenendehowa’s sold-out gymnasium.
The Plainsmen’s senior guard knew his team was in the midst of something special to start its game Tuesday against CBA, but the numbers glaring back at him — 20 to 0 — still shocked him.
Then, he refocused.
“I wanted to keep going,” said Bebic, whose team rocked Christian Brothers Academy to the tune of a 74-46 final. “I wanted to see how long it would take them to score. I wanted to shut them out for the first quarter.”
On a night where Shenendehowa was nearly perfect in the first half, it almost managed a first-quarter shutout. The Plainsmen pushed their game-opening run to 23-0 before CBA junior guard Nick DeBrino’s 3-pointer swished through the net with 1:22 left in the first quarter.
“The guys came out with laser-like focus,” said Shenendehowa boys’ basketball head coach Tony Dzikas, whose squad led 31-6 after an opening stanza which saw CBA junior guard Mike Wynn hit a 3 at the buzzer.