Charger Boys Light Up the Gym by Shooting Lights Out
The phrase "shooting the lights out" seems to have its origin in the days of the old west. It referred to a gun slinger who could shoot the candles off of a chandelier. Since then the phrase has been adopted by the sports world to indicate a remarkable shooting performance by a basketball team. Monday night the ACGC boys' team demonstrated what it means when it made eighteen of thirty four three point attempts in an 83-49 win over Southwest Valley in a game played in Corning.
The eighteen treys not only set a Charger school record, but in the course of setting the record, every starter made at least one trey. Brock Littler led the Chargers with six successful three pointers out of nine attempts, while Jedd Weinkoetz claimed five. Freshman Noah Kading added three, while brother Miles and Ben Marsh each nailed two. Anthony Solorzano and Alex Spack each had one long ball to their credit.
"The guys did a nice job of moving the ball to get Southwest Valley's zone defense to shift," Charger mentor Lance Kading commented after the win. "We had twenty four assists and twenty nine made field goals, and all five starters scored in double figures. So, not only were we sharing the ball and betting good looks, but guys were making shots."
Although in control from the get go, the Chargers didn't put the game away until the second half. Breaking away from a 30-22 halftime lead, ACGC put up twenty six and twenty seven points respectively in the third and fourth quarters, while holding the Timberwolves to half that amount.
The Chargers actually shot better from three point range than from inside the arc, as they connected on eleven of twenty five two point tries. From the free throw line the team went seven for nine.
Littler led ACGC in scoring with 18 points, with Noah Kading not far behind at 15. Weinkoetz added 14, Marsh had 13, and the elder Kading scored 11. Solorzano and Spack chipped in with 5 points each and Lance Bunde rounded out the scoring with two points. Overall team shooting success from the floor was at 49%.
Weinkoetz led in rebounding with 7, while Miles Kading and Littler handed out 8 and 7 assists respectivley.
The win improves the Chargers' record to 12-4 for the season which includes an 8-3 mark in conference play.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 16 14 26 27--83
SWV 11 11 14 13--49
ACGC statistics: (TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) Marsh(13-2-5-2) Solorzano(5-2-1-1) Bunde(2-4-1-0) MKading(11-2-8-2) NKading(15-0-1-0) Jacobe(0-1-0-1) Littler(18-4-7-3) Chance(0-0-0-0) Spack(5-0-0-1) Weinkoetz(14-7-1-0)