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It was fitting Friday night that an enthusiastic Wheaton Academy student section came appropriately dressed in warm weather wear for Beach Night.
That’s because the host Warriors came out feelin’ hot, hot, hot and made eight straight shots – four of them 3-pointers from four different players – to open their Suburban Christian Conference Blue game with visiting Aurora Central. They burned the Chargers 54-25.
“We moved the ball around really well. We love playing against zones because we’ve got some guys who can shoot,” said 6-foot-8 junior post Gordon Behr, who led the winners with 16 points. “I don’t think we missed there for awhile.”
Wheaton Academy didn’t miss a shot until Behr’s mid-range jumper with 2:35 remaining in the quarter clanged off the rim. By that time, though, the hosts led 22-5 and the Chargers were well on their way to seven first-quarter turnovers, which matched their first period score (25-7).
“Essentially, we were really bad tonight and they were really good,” said ACC Coach Nate Drye, who doesn’t have anyone named Murphy on his roster but could have used one this night. Everything that could go wrong for the Chargers did.
While the Warriors were hitting 7 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half and building a 39-15 lead, ACC shooters were going 1 of 10 on 3-pointers.
“They made their shots and we didn’t run our offense, we just came down and shot the first three we could,” said Drye. “They’re good shooters, but it helps when you don’t get a hand up in anybody’s face. They got open looks because we weren’t moving our feet.”
Collin Roy had 10 points and Gabe Partain eight for the Warriors, who are 14-5 overall and 6-1 in the league. Brandon Ruggles had nine rebounds to lead the winners.
ACC, 9-9 and 3-4, got six points from reserve Jacob May.
“It’s just a bad game, I’m not gonna blow it out of proportion,” said Drye. “We’ll bounce back tomorrow.”