ACC boys escape with win over Cathedral, 45-43

Published 11:47 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Julian Wilson scored 20 points and delivered on a number of clutch free throws down the stretch as ACCS escaped with a 45-43 win over Cathedral in boys action.

Wilson scored nine points, including connecting on 3 of 4 free-throw attempts in the final period. Darius Demby chipped in with nine points, while Christian Price had six.

“(Julian) is going to be our catalyst; he’s going to make us go,” ACCS coach Richy Spears said. “Him and Demby, those are my two that I  have back from last year. We did some good things, but we did some bonehead things toward the end.”

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Cathedral trailed 25-13 at the half, but played much better in the third quarter in trimming the lead to single digits heading to the final period, 30-23.

The win for ACCS (7-7, 3-2) gives the Rebels a series sweep over their in-city rivals, as ACCS topped Cathedral 56-34 on Dec. 6.

“The kids enjoy playing in this game,” Spears said. “A bunch of them are friends, and they enjoy playing each other. When you play friends, it’s always good to get the upper hand on them.”

The Green Wave (3-12, 0-5) had their opportunities in the fourth, but some key misses down the stretch prevented them from making the full comeback.

“Derrion (Batieste) almost made a 3, and if he makes that, it’s a two-point game with 35 seconds left,” Hall said. “Total game-changer. If he makes that, then it becomes a free-throw (shooting) game, and they weren’t making all of theirs.”

Hall said he was pleased with his team’s effort Tuesday, adding his squad has performed much better of late.

“We’ve got some confidence,” Hall said. “Tonight was a big game. It was big for district, and big for district seeding.

“It was a great environment for the girls game. I just wish it would have lasted all the way through the boys game.”

Cathedral was led in scoring by Connor Mire and Batieste, who finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively.