Boys Basketball: Joey McEachern helps Aurora Central hold off Kenwood
Updated: January 21, 2012 6:53PM
The Price was right Saturday afternoon, but Joey McEachern had a bit more help as he and his Aurora Central teammates held off visiting Kenwood 63-60.
“Sometimes you get those days where you feel like you can’t miss and I wanted the ball at the end,” said McEachern, a junior guard, who finished 10 of 15 from the floor for a team-high 24 points.
The 6-10 Chargers led 12-11, 27-23 and 42-41 after each quarter break.
“It was a tough matchup for us,” ACC coach Nate Drye said. “They’ve got a lot of quickness but it was not a lot of disorganized chaos. They ran some nice stuff against our [2-3] zone and they hit some big threes. I saw them play twice and they only attempted one three-pointer in those games.”
Remy Price, a 6-foot junior guard, came off the bench to score a game-high 25 for the visiting Broncos, who fall to 12-5.
“He’s started most of the year for us but we like him coming off the bench because he brings a ton of energy,” Kenwood coach Jim Maley said. “[Price] really attacks the rim and even though he’s not that big, he can finish on anyone.”
McEachern cut across the lane, took a bullet pass from Joe Medgyesi and sank a layup with 46 seconds remaining to give the Chargers the lead for good at 59-57.
ACC point guard Anthony Andujar’s hustle play allowed him to grab a long rebound that led to a Broncos’ foul. He sank two free throws with 19.7 seconds left for his only points of the game, extending the margin to 61-58.
After 6-7 Kevin Swanson (19 points, five rebounds) scored for Kenwood on a putback with 2.6 seconds remaining, McEachern was fouled and calmly sank a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to account for the final margin.
“McEachern had a great game and hit some big shots,” said ACC coach Nate Drye, who got 11 points each from seniors Robert DeMyers (6 rebounds) and Paul Kaminski, who both returned from injury in the last week.
“It’s nice having [DeMyers and Kaminski] back,” said McEachern. “I guess it’s opened up a lot more shots for me. Other teams key on them a lot.”