McHENRY – Cary-Grove guard Zach Beaugureau was silent most of the game on offense, yet still managed to have the last word.
Beaugureau, who had trouble shaking loose from McHenry’s Maki Mohr all night, found the sliver he was looking for as the clock ticked to less than 10 seconds. The 6-foot-2 senior drove the right side of the lane, slipping between Maki and Matthew Mohr and tossing up a 6-foot floater.
The ball danced on the rim, bouncing four times before dropping through.
C-G’s bench erupted as McHenry called timeout with 4.2 seconds remaining. Beaugureau walked to his bench with a scowl and let loose a yell. A few frantic seconds later, the Trojans had a 51-50 victory in their Fox Valley Conference boys basketball game at McHenry’s West Campus.
“I saw a hole, that was the most space I had all night,” said Beaugureau, whose six points were 10 fewer than his average. “They always play me really good defensively, credit to them. Maki’s just tenacious, he never helps off me, he never turns his back away from me.”
In a back-and-forth game that produced nine lead changes, McHenry had pulled ahead with 19 seconds remaining on Gavin Markgraff’s driving basket and three-point play.
“That last possession, I thought I heard, ‘Screen right,’ ” Maki Mohr said. “I tried to give him that side and he cut through. I didn’t want to foul him, so I went straight up and he got that floater.”
While McHenry (12-10 overall, 7-3 FVC) made it tough on Beaugureau, the Trojans (11-8, 6-4) found points elsewhere. Danny Clarke hit four 3-pointers for 12 points, Matt McCumber scored 14 points inside, and Ben Ferrell came off the bench for 12.
C-G hit 20 of 33 field-goal attempts.
“We just hustled around; nobody was really the dominant scorer,” Ferrell said. “We kind of just all played as a team together and pulled it out.”
C-G dealt the Warriors, who won the first matchup by 36 points in Cary, a difficult FVC loss. McHenry is three games behind FVC-leading Prairie Ridge, which it hosts Friday.
“That shows a lot,” Trojans coach Adam McCloud said. “We shot 22 percent in that game, but they’re one of the better teams in the conference. That’s a good team we beat tonight.”
After Beaugureau’s shot went through, McHenry had one last chance. Matthew Mohr inbounded to Patrick Breisch near half-court, but Breisch’s pass was tipped. Ferrell had his hands on it but lost ball to Matthew Mohr in front of McHenry’s bench. Mohr’s last-second attempt was wide.
“We wanted to get the ball up in front of our bench and call another timeout, then run something from the sideline,” Warriors coach Tim Paddock said.
Paddock looked back at the third quarter as a key stretch. McHenry led 27-22 at halftime, but hit 3 of 15 shots in the third as C-G tied the score. Markgraff finished with a game-high 19 points, while Maki Mohr added 11.
“There were a lot of open looks that didn’t go down (in the third quarter),” Paddock said. “When you have that energy, sometimes you will some of those shots in. That third quarter we didn’t come out of the locker room very well.”
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Ferrell came off the bench to hit 5 of 6 field goals and his only two free-throw attempts for 12 points for the Trojans. He also grabbed three rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.
60.6: Cary-Grove’s field-goal percentage, as it hit 20 of 33 shots.
AND ANOTHER THING ...
The largest lead of the game was McHenry’s seven-point advantage early in the second quarter. C-G’s biggest edge was three points, and there were nine lead changes in the game, four of those in the last 1:30.
Cary-Grove 51, McHenry 50
Baily 1 2-4 4, Beaugureau 3 0-0 6, Clarke 4 0-0 12, McCumber 6 1-2 14, Walther 1 0-0 3, Carhart 0 0-0 0, Ferrell 5 2-2 12, Bressett 0 0-0 0, Ivarson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 5-8 51.
Markgraff 7 2-3 19, Calabrese 2 0-0 6, Maki Mohr 3 5-8 11, Matthew Mohr 2 0-0 4, Breisch 0 1-2 1, Mullhall 0 0-0 0, March 3 0-0 6, Rupcich 1 1-2 3. Totals: 18 9-15 50.
Cary-Grove 10 12 13 16 – 51
McHenry 11 16 8 15 – 50
3-point goals: Cary-Grove 6 (Clarke 4, McCumber, Walther), McHenry 5 (Markgraff 3, Calabrese 2). Total fouls: Cary-Grove 12, McHenry 12.