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Aurora Central heats up in second to win

12/14/2012, 10:47pm CST
By Rick Armstrong rarmstrong@stmedianetwork.com

Aurora Central started its game ice cold, but stepped up enough in the second half to shoot over 50 percent and pull out the 53-42 win over Aurora Christian on Friday.

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 (13-25) from the floor in the second half and outscored the visitng Eagles 36-27 to claim the Suburban Christian Conference 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 pointsand 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 Charger 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 3 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.”

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