Paulus Leads CBA To Final Round Win

Christian Brothers Academy wrapped up its competitive trip to the triangle area with the lone victory of the annual GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational on Wednesday afternoon in Reynolds Coliseum thanks to another stellar performance from Duke bound point guard Greg Paulus.

Despite falling behind early, the Brothers stayed with the North Carolina defending state 4-A Champions through the first quarter, thanks to both teams suffering through horrendous offensive stretches throughout the opening period. Greg Paulus started the scoring by stealing the ball from Wakefield's Garrett Stevens and darting to the basket for an easy lay-up. From there he would add a free throw and an assist to account for all five CBA points in the first eight minutes.

Trailing 8-5 heading into the second, the Brothers finally begin to find their offensive touch thanks to a couple of stellar looks from Paulus. Unfortunately for the Duke bound floor general, his teammates aren't equal to his passes and several "gimme" baskets turn into missed shot attempts or turnovers. At that point Paulus began to look for his offense more and more, scoring 10 of his team's 19 points in the quarter to knot the score at 24 when the halftime horn blows.

Out of half time is where the game is ultimately decided as CBA goes on an 15-2 run started by a Paulus drive and ending with a pair of free throws from him as Duke assistant coaches Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins look on from their perch inside press row. The period ends with CBA up 43-32 and in firm control.

Wakefield finally found their stroke late in the game, but it's not enough as Paulus converts all five of his second half free throw attempts, while his teammates hold Wakefield to just 10-of-33 shooting in the second period to come away with the team's first victory of the event.

On the afternoon Paulus finished with 23 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals while playing the entire game for the Brothers. He shot 8-of-15 from the floor, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.

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