Heritage stuns heavily-favored Jets in ACAC opener, 56-51
HANGTIME AT THE HANGAR â€” Jetsâ€™ junior Isaac Luginbill laces through the lane and goes underneath the Heritage defender for the two-point try. Lugi finished the game with 10 points and three steals. (Photo by Pam Agler)
MONROE—Adams Central's eight-game winning streak ended on Tuesday in the initial round of the 89th-annual ACAC boys' tournament.
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Heritage used quickness and more timely scoring, especially in the last minute, to upend the Flying Jets, 56-51. AC is 8-2 and the Patriots are 6-6.
"We had to make plays [to win], but they made more than we did," simply said AC coach Aaron McClure after seeing his team misfire 28% from the field (16 of 57) and 50% at the foul line (seven for 14), including 21% in threes (six for 28).
Two of AC's best three-point artists had off nights from long range: Dalton Combs went two for 10 and Maverick Baumer was two for seven.
McClure said the Jets could not get enough "easy baskets" as they took almost as many threes as twos (28 versus 29), while the Allen Countians had several breakaway scores. Heritage made 59% of its two-pointers (24 of 43), but was two of nine in free throws and two of 13 in treys.
McClure also stated that the Patriots made the contest "a physical game" and "knocked us off our block a bit" that way. The Jets had only 18 points in the second half.
Central now must prepare for four challenging teams in a row: Bluffton, Heritage, Blackhawk Christian, and Leo.