Chargers' Boys Win Another Nail Biter, 72-69, at Ogden
Updated: Jan 21
At the risk of sounding redundant, the ACGC "Cardiac Kids" did it again Tuesday night when it defeated Ogden,72-69, in a barnburner played in Ogden. The game was the seventh of the season for the Chargers which has been decided by four points or less. ACGC has won six of the seven.
This one went down to the wire when Ogden scored with 1.9 seconds remaining to pull within 72-69. but that was as close as the Bulldogs got.
The first quarter gave no indication that the game would come down to the wire, as the Chargers put twenty one points on the board to lead by a 21-11 score. At one point the Chargers lead was 18-4 six and half minutes into the game. Ben Marsh had a big quarter for the Chargers, scoring 11 points.
Ogden dominated the second stanza with a twenty two point effort to get within 36-33 by halftime. The Bulldogs connected on nine of fourteen shots that included two treys. ACGC also shot well, hitting six of twelve from the field. Anthony Solorzano nailed two trifectas for the Chargers.
Both teams put a lot of points on the board in the third quarter, as ACGC scored twenty three and Ogden nineteen to give the Chargers a seven point lead at 59-52. Miles Kading was on fire for the visitors, scoring fourteen points that included four three pointers.
The Chargers went cold early in the fourth quarter, failing to score in the first three minutes, while Ogden was able to tie the game at 61-61 with 4:30 left. After the Chargers had a 5-0 run to make in 66-61, things seemed secure.
The last six points scored for ACGC came from the free throw line, while the Bulldogs were making three pointers. Things weren't quite secure yet. Two Ogden treys in the last twenty two seconds cut the Charger lead to 72-69. The second three pointer for Ogden made it a one score game with 1.9 seconds to go. And that's how it ended.
The "Cardiac Kids" had done it again--another win in the closing seconds!
Game stats indicated that both teams shot well. The Bulldogs connected on 30 of 54 shots from the field for 56%, while ACGC made 25 of 53 for 47%. Ogden was perfect form the free throw line, but only shot two free throws for the entire game. On the other hand, ACGC was 11 of 16 for 69%. Statistically the game was won by the Chargers at the free throw. But there are other, less tangible factors that played in the win as well.
"We shot the ball well, and forced more turnovers than we committed," Charger coach Lance Kading said about the game. "Once again we also had guys step up and make free throws down the stretch. We definitely need to clean some things up on the defensive end.
"But these guys are fierce competitors, and that enables them to win on nights when things don't go according to plan."
The win improves the ACGC record to 11-3 for the season and 8-2 in conference play.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 21 15 23 13--72
Ogden 11 22 19 17--69
ACGC statistics: (TP-REB--ASTS-STLS) Marsh(20-3-1-2) Solorzano(8-5-2-1) Bunde(0-0-0-0) MKading(29-6-6-6) NKading(0-1-0-0) Jacobe(0-1-0-0) Littler(11-1-7-3) Chance(0-1-1-0) Weinkoetz(4-4-3-2)