Boys Basketball: Marmion gains bragging rightsMarmian's Alex Theisen shoots as Aurora Central Catholic's Sean Anger defends on Saturday at ACC. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 10, 2011 11:48PM
Playing before a packed house Saturday at Aurora Central, the Cadets claimed a 54-41 Suburban Christian Conference matchup and took a one-game lead (36-35) in the longstanding series between crosstown rivals.
“In the second half we rebounded with some aggressiveness,” said Marmion coach Ryan Paradise, whose team climbs to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.
“Offensively, in the first half we wasted too many possessions.”
Marmion had its usual trouble taking care of the ball in the first and fourth quarters but was steady in the middle periods when it limited the Chargers to 6-of-29 (21 percent) shooting from the floor.
Matt Meyers came off the bench to make a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the first quarter to give ACC an 11-5 lead.
The Chargers, playing without leading scorers Robert DeMyers (broken leg) and Paul Kaminski (dislocated thumb), were held scoreless the rest of the period, though, and the Cadets were able to survive their nine turnovers and cut the margin to 11-8 heading into the second quarter.
They took a 15-14 lead when post player Ryan Glasgow scored on a layup of a nice feed from Johnny Peters, and the visitors led 21-18 at the break.
“We just needed to make a basket in the first quarter,” said Marmion forward Pete Stefanski, who scored a game-high 16 points. “We settled into our offense a little more and the shots started falling.”
Glasgow played a big role, adding 15 points and eight rebounds.
“I like playing the high post and getting the ball,” he said. “It’s good for passing or taking a drop step and just hitting a short jumper in the lane.”
ACC made a few more shots in the fourth quarter and was able to take advantage of its 1-2-2 press, forcing seven Cadet turnovers in the final period after they had committed just six combined in the middle quarters.
The Chargers, who got 11 points each from Joey McEachern and Joe Medgyesi and 10 from Anthony Andujar, cut the deficit to 46-41 with 1:28 remaining in the game but made just 4 of 10 free throws in the quarter and never got any closer.
“I just thought we were bad,” said ACC coach Nate Drye, whose team falls to 3-4 and 1-1. “We took bad shots, missed open shots and didn’t do the things you need to do to win the game. I think we played scared in every way, shape or form.”