Boys Basketball: Aurora Central edges Aurora Christian
By Rick Armstrong email@example.com December 14, 2012 10:36PM
Aurora Central Catholic's Anthony Andujar looks for an open teammate down the floor while breaking away from Aurora Christian's Johnathan Harrell, on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Eventually, though, it’s time to make an adjustment.
Aurora Central did just that after struggling to get a shot to fall in the first half Friday of an eventual 53-42 win over visiting Aurora Christian.
The Chargers made just 23 percent (5-22) of their shots and were clinging to a 17-15 lead at the break after the teams combined for 24 turnovers in the opening two periods.
ACC made 52 percent (13-for-25) from the floor in the second half and outscored the visiting Eagles 36-27 to claim the Suburban Christian Blue decision.
“We just had to keep boarding and keep up the intensity,” said ACC’s 6-foot-3 senior forward Phil Schuetz, who led his team with 13 points and nine rebounds.
And after missing a first-quarter dunk, he sparked a third-quarter run with a steal and coast-to-coast jam that highlighted a 10-0 Chargers run midway through the period.
“My fourth dunk of the year,” he said with a grin. “The shots weren’t falling in the first half so we had to run the offense and keep making hard cuts to get better shots.”
Point guard Anthony Andujar added 11 points and guard Zach Flint 10 for the Chargers, now 6-2 and 2-1 in the league.
Aurora Christian, which got 13 points from Ryan Suttle and seven each from Johnathan Harrell, Ryan McQuade and Wes Wolfe, fell to 3-4 and 0-3.
“Turnovers in the first half (13) really hurt us,” said Eagles coach Pat McNamara. “Then it was offensive boards in the second half. We tried to spread them out (in the second half) but we didn’t do a good job of penetrating against their zone.
“We don’t value the ball enough and keep making low percentage passes.”
Shawn Soris added nine points for ACC and Sean Harreld came off the bench to chip in seven, including two 3-pointers in the decisive third quarter, when the home team claimed a 24-14 advantage.
“Those two threes by Harreld were massive,” said ACC coach Nate Drye.
“I thought we kept them extended on the perimeter in the second half and made them work really hard for everything they got. It’s hard to get on a run when you have to work so hard to get anything.
“We couldn’t get a shot to fall in the first half. We like to play uptempo and shoot the three in transition. That’s great when they’re falling. In the second half, we had to slow down and run our offense and get better shots.”