BERNE—Thirty-nine points for Adams Central meant 100 wins for Head Coach Aaron McClure, who picked up his 100th victory in Tuesday’s sectional opener against ’Busco.
In the opening game of the South Adams Class 2A sectional, Churubusco’s deliberate, defensive-oriented style wasn’t enough to overcome the Flying Jets, who won 39-34.
The game was knotted at 30 when Central’s Maverick Baumer hit what McClure called the most important shot of the night — a 3-pointer over 6-foot-7 Eagle Tyler Arrowsmith with 2:36 on the clock.
AC’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 — on free throws by Dylan Jones at 28.3 seconds to make it 35-32 and, after a pair of FTs by the Jets’ Keaton Fiechter at 21.5, two foul shots by Churubusco’s Josh LeFever at 15.8 to make it 37-34.
Churubusco’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 AC’s usually strong 3-point attack. The Jets made only 3-of-10 treys.
However, AC’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 Jets’ 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 AC’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.