Boys basketball: Rock Island downs Aurora Central
By Mike Knapp For Sun-Times Media February 9, 2013 10:20PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 10:49PM
About 10 minutes into Saturday’s nonconference game with Rock Island, Aurora Central had to be pretty happy where it was sitting.
After forging a 13-all tie through one quarter, a three-pointer by Zach Flint gave the Chargers an 18-15 lead and a little bit of momentum. But then, the run came — and not in ACC’s favor.
Instead, the Rocks fired off a 19-2 run to close out the half with a 32-20 lead and kept the Chargers at bay the rest of the night in rolling to a 69-54 win.
“I thought we played really hard and we were making shots early,” Central coach Nate Drye said. “Then we started missing a bunch of buckets and 33 (Raahshaan Brown) got going. He came out and killed us.”
Brown was a bit of a surprise to the Chargers, as he didn’t play the game that ACC scouted the Rocks, but he made himself known in a big way. After a quiet first quarter where he missed one shot, the 6-foot-5 senior got it going from there, igniting the run with 10 points and finishing with a game-high 22.
Though not very tall (it started four guards), Rock Island is deep and has six players who average between seven and 13 points per game. They had five in that range Saturday, as Keenan Shorter (13 points), C.J. Carr (11), Trey Sigel (8) and James Jones (7) all contributed to a balanced attack.
“Brown hit some tough shots, and our guys understand where to go with the ball when someone is feeling it,” Rocks coach Thom Sigel said. “They pick each other up when someone is off and that’s why we have been successful, because of that balance.”
ACC made a couple of runs in the second half and got as close as 11 points as late as 3:43 remaining in the ballgame when Anthony Andujar nailed a trey that made it a 62-51 game. But the Chargers couldn’t amount much more of a push than that and fell to 13-10 on the year.
“I thought we ran the offense well but once we got down 10, it’s hard to make that up against a team like that,” Drye said. “All of their players are really good and it’s hard to go on a run. I was happy with the effort.”
Andujar led the Chargers with 16 points, while Flint, Phil Schuetz, Sean Harreld and Mike O’Donnell all had nine apiece.