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At 5-foot-10 Aurora Central’s Anthony Andujar is the second smallest players on the Chargers roster. The senior guard came up with the two biggest plays in ACC’s 69-68 triple -overtime win over Vocational in the MLK Dream Shootout on Sunday.
Andujar split a pair of free-throws with 33.9 seconds left in the third extra session for the final tally, and on Vocational’s final attempt Andujar blocked Michael Taylor’s shot at the buzzer to seal the win.
“I thought I was going to choke on those free-throws,” the senior admitted. “But luckily I got the first one to fall.
“Then at the end, I actually knew he (Taylor) was going to shoot that shot. I just wanted to try and make it as hard as possible for him.”
Andujar finished with six points and five assists in addition to the one big block.
Prior to the game-clinching block, Malcolm Martin missed an opportunity to give Vocational the lead as he came up empty on a pair of freebies from the charity stripe with nine seconds left. Martin had sent the game into extra sessions by draining a trey from the left corner as time expired at the end of regulation. He also scored the final points in the second overtime with a bucket underneath with 54 seconds left to tie the game at 64 apiece.
Aurora Central (9-8) never trailed in regulation and held an eight-point lead with 2:13 left in the fourth.
“We never should have been in this situation,” ACC coach Nate Drye said. “We made some mistakes, but they did a nice job of capitalizing on them.
“But we are just really happy to get out of here with a win, it doesn’t matter how you do it.”
Phil Schuetz, who poured in a game-high 27 points for the Chargers, came up with a steal and lay-up with 17 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 61-61.
ACC connected on its first four attempts from behind the arc to build a 19-8 advantage after the first eight minutes of play. Vocational would fall behind as many as 14 points midway through the second period before starting to chip away.
Anthony Thomas led the way for Vocational (13-7) with 23 points.