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Wheaton Academy dominates glass, downs Aurora Central

12/08/2012, 9:45pm CST
By Mike Knapp

Taking advantage of an off shooting night on the part of the hosts, Wheaton Academy also had a huge edge on the glass and pulled away to a 66-51 win over Aurora Central.

Aurora Central finally hosted its first home game of the season Saturday night, but the Wheaton Academy Warriors weren’t very accommodating guests.

Taking advantage of an off shooting night on the part of the hosts, the Warriors also had a huge edge on the glass and pulled away to the 66-51 win to improve to 7-1 on the season.

Leading the way on the boards for Wheaton Academy was Brandon Ruggles, who grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with his 11 points.

Gordon Behr had nine rebounds and scored 15 points for the Warriors while Cole Fritz came off the bench to also grab nine boards.

“I just love rebounding,” Ruggles said.

“I used to be a shoot-first guy, but my sophomore year I had a coach who turned it around for me and turned me into a physical player. I get irritated if I don’t get a rebound when a shot goes up.”

The Warriors, who also improved to 2-0 in the Suburban Christian Conference, led by as many as eight in the first half but saw the Chargers battle back to tie it at 25-all on a steal and layup by Phil Schuetz as the second quarter came to a close.

Wheaton Academy stretched it to nine (43-34) at the end of three quarters then put it away when Collin Roy (game-high 20 points) opened the fourth with three straight treys.

Roy led all scorers with 19 points.

“Collin has been a great leader for us all season,” Warriors coach Paul Ferguson said. “He’s a tough, smart player. He had those three open looks and knocked them down.”

Schuetz had 11 points for Central and Anthony Andujar added 10 as the Chargers fell to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in league play.

The Chargers could only shoot 33 percent on the night.

“We couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket,” said Central coach Nate Drye.

“They beat us on the glass and we didn’t make shots, and that is a bad combination.”

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