BERNEâ€”Thirty-nine points for Adams Central meant 100 wins for Head Coach Aaron McClure, who picked up his 100th victory in Tuesdayâ€™s sectional opener against â€™Busco.
In the opening game of the South Adams Class 2A sectional, Churubuscoâ€™s deliberate, defensive-oriented style wasnâ€™t enough to overcome the Flying Jets, who won 39-34.
The game was knotted at 30 when Centralâ€™s Maverick Baumer hit what McClure called the most important shot of the night â€” a 3-pointer over 6-foot-7 Eagle Tyler Arrowsmith with 2:36 on the clock.
ACâ€™s Dalton Combs, taking a fine feed from Kyle Fawcett, bottomed a lay-up at 1:26 for a 35-30 lead but the gritty Eagles came back within three twice â€” on free throws by Dylan Jones at 28.3 seconds to make it 35-32 and, after a pair of FTs by the Jetsâ€™ Keaton Fiechter at 21.5, two foul shots by Churubuscoâ€™s Josh LeFever at 15.8 to make it 37-34.
Churubuscoâ€™s Austin Goepfrich missed a three in the last 10 seconds, then Baumer rebounded at six seconds and was fouled with three seconds to go. His two freebies ended the scoring and gave him a game-high 10 points, tying Jones.
McClure said Churubusco showed great patience and defended the perimeter well to disrupt ACâ€™s usually strong 3-point attack. The Jets made only 3-of-10 treys.
However, ACâ€™s defense was just as strong, holding the Eagles to 12-of-34 from the field (35 percent). Central made 15-of-28 for 53.5 percent accuracy.
The coach also singled out 6-foot-6 center Ben Snider for his defensive job on Arrowsmith, who had just nine points, but got only three against Snider. The other six were scored when Snider was taking a breather on the bench.
As indicated by the final score, the game was nip-and-tuck from the get-go, with nine lead changes and six ties.Churubusco wrapped up with a 14-7 record.
It was just 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, Jets on top and 15-15 at halftime, with Baumer and Combs, the Jetsâ€™ top two scorers, held without a point.
Chris Jones had eight points for the Eagles in the first half.
However, Churubusco hung around and managed a 26-26 deadlock on a foul shot by Arrowsmith at 1:46 of the third quarter, shortly after a full-court drive for a lay-up by ACâ€™s Isaac Luginbill.
The 30-30 tie came at 5:04 of the fourth period when Chris Jones sank a free throw.
For Churubusco, Goepfrich scored six and Chris Jones five, while Arrowsmith pulled in six rebounds and Dylan Jones grabbed five. Arrowsmith also blocked three shots.
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