Boys basketball: Walther Lutheran defeats Aurora Christian
By Mike Knapp For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2013 10:52PM
Updated: January 12, 2013 12:03AM
Walther Lutheran has been struggling to find consistency all season, but after a sluggish first half against Aurora Christian on Friday, the Broncos found it.
Down nine points early in the third quarter, Walther found its stride on both ends of the floor, piling up 39 points and shutting down the Aurora Christian offense in the fourth quarter to pick up the 66-58 win.
“We were night and day from the first half to the second half,” said Walther coach Al Lainio. “We just didn’t come ready to play. I thought we did a heck of a job defensively in the second half, and the score showed that.”
The Broncos, 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the Suburban Christian Blue, scored just five points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field in the second quarter, and trailed 34-27 at the break. A layup by Ryan McQuade 15 seconds into the third moved the lead to the Eagles’ high-water mark at nine.
But led by 11 points in the quarter from Jon Fuqua — including a long 3-pointer at the end of the period — the Broncos made 10 of their 14 shots and had taken a 48-46 lead. Walther eventually made 15 of its 24 shots in the second half, most of those coming on drives to the basket for layups.
“We started getting the ball to the post more,” said Fuqua, who had a game-high 24 points. “We were running a two-post offense then we started running a one-post offense and that was better.”
Aurora Christian went the other direction, making just 7 of its 26 shots in the final two quarters, including 3-for-15 in the fourth where the Eagles made just two of their nine shots from behind the arc.
“I don’t know if we ran out of gas, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the bucket,” said Eagles coach Pat McNamara. “We need to work for better shots, we just didn’t work hard enough. We started taking jump shots where if we were patient we could’ve gotten layups. We just weren’t patient.”
McQuade led the Eagles with 17 points while Cory Windle posted 16 and Johnathan Harrell nine. Rmandre Stockley tossed in nine points for Walther, all in the second half.