Aurora University JV's
Waubonsee drops third straight as Aurora's JV's hit game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds
Opponent: Spartans at Chiefs
82 - 84 (L)
In a game that saw 13 ties and 21 lead changes, naturally it came down to who had the ball last. In the end Aurora University's Junior Varsity escaped Erickson Hall with a nail-biting 84-82 victory over Waubonsee. Tied at 81 the Spartans (2-0) turned the ball over with 0:54 remaining. The Chiefs' Elliot McGaughy was then fouled on a drive to the basket with 0:25 left. McGaughy made his first free throw attempt to put Waubonsee (3-4) in front 82-81 before Aurora called timeout. McGaughy then missed his second foul shot and the Spartans' Max Vickers buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with 0:03.4 to go. After a Waubonsee timeout, the Spartans then called another timeout to readjust their defense. On the ensuing inbounds the Chiefs' Chris Bryson quickly pushed the ball up the floor and eventually found McGaughy open at the top of the key. However, McGaughy's potential game-winning shot was waved off as it swished through the net because he released it just after the buzzer sounded.
The Spartans out scored Waubonsee 36-16 in the paint, but it was their three-point shooting that was the real difference. Aurora nailed 16 of 42 shots from long range, out scoring the Chiefs 48-12 on three-pointers. That more than offset a poor performance at the foul line where Aurora shot just 6 of 19 (32 percent), while Waubonsee made 18 of 27 (67 percent).
Waubonsee had five players in double figures with McGaughy leading the way with 16 points. Ryan Sharp added a dozen points and made three steals, while Bryson tallied 11 points and handed out five assists. Chris Buckley chipped in with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Tre Lesley also reached double digits with 10 points, and Omar Hernandez grabbed nine boards. Aurora's Ben Bowen led all scorers with 22 points, nailing six of seven shots from beyond the arc. Marquis Howard contributed 13 points, including three clutch treys late in the game. Vickers finished with 11 points and four assists, Pat Kramp also booked 11 points, and Michael Braxton added nine points, snagged 11 rebounds, blocked four shots and registered three steals for Aurora.