Boys Basketball: Aurora Christian bolts past Marmion
By Mike Knapp For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2013 10:26PM
Aurora Christian's Ryan Suttle (33) drives to the basket against Marmion's Danny Bicknell (44) and Mike Sheehan (10). | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:37AM
The best scenario a team can find itself in at a road game is to get out to a quick start and let the home team chase them around all night.
That’s what worked for Aurora Christian as it visited Marmion Friday night. The Eagles jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the game’s first three minutes and led wire to wire in a 55-48 win.
The quick start came behind two three-pointers from Johnathan Harrell and seven points from Cory Windle, who had all 13 of his points in the first half as the Eagles were 12-for-20 from the field while hitting seven of their 11 treys on the way to a 33-20 lead at the break.
“Windle got hot and got us into the lead, and we had some balanced scoring,” said Aurora Christian coach Pat McNamara. “We hope we are rolling downhill heading into the regional, but we’ll see. I’m really happy with the effort.”
As they have several times this season, the Cadets (9-16, 3-6 Suburban Christian Conference) rallied in the second half, and got as close as four (39-35) when Jordan Glasgow hit a three-pointer with 42 seconds to go in the third. But Harrell responded with a triple on the other end at the buzzer, which started an 8-0 run to push the lead back into double digits.
Harrell, a 6-foot-3 senior, was making his first start at point guard Friday and finished with a team-high 14 points. Ryan Suttle added 13 points and Ryan McQuade, making his first appearance since twisting his left knee against Wheaton Academy three weeks ago, added seven off the bench for the Eagles (13-11, 2-6).
“I feel like (the three) got us started for the fourth quarter,” Harrell said. “We were angry for not doing well in the conference, so we planned on coming out hard and going from there.”
Marmion’s defense played well enough in the second half to keep the Cadets in the game, but the offense didn’t follow suit. The Cadets shot just 31 percent (17-for-54) for the game and made just four of their 15 shots in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense turned it up in the third and fourth quarters,” said Marmion coach Ryan Paradise, “but we missed a lot of layups and a lot of free throws, which was why we couldn’t close the gap.”
Mike Sheehan led Marmion with 17 points while Glasgow tossed in 12.