Of the six players in double-figures for the Annapolis Area Christian School boy's basketball team on Wednesday, Joshua Vlna tied for the lowest point total.
It's when Vlna scored his points that mattered most.
Vlna, the first player off the bench for the Eagles, went scoreless through the first three quarters before scoring 11 in the fourth to help the Eagles defeat Chapelgate Christian Academy, 85-73.
Chapelgate Christian trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but pulled to within seven in the opening minute of the fourth. Vlna scored five quick points over the next 30 seconds, including a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 10.
"I know I have the green light, and I knew when they started coming back I had to hit a shot," said Vlna, one of the Eagles' senior captains. "I hit my first 3-pointer in the fourth, and I knew at that point I was going to be red hot after that."
Nate Eberle, James Foley and Justin Williams each scored 15 points to lead the Eagles, who used an 8-0 run over the final two minutes of the first half to take the lead for good after four lead changes in the second quarter. Connor Jacobs added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Eberle hit three 3-pointers for the Eagles, who finished the game with 10 to match Chapelgate Christian.
"We're blessed with some guys who can really shoot the ball," AACS coach Doug Scheidt said.
Chaplegate Christian's Matt Frierson, who has signed with The Citadel, hit seven 3-pointers and led all scorers with 24 points. He hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points in the first half, but went scoreless for an 8 minute, 30 second stretch that helped the Eagles turn a one-point deficit into a 15-point lead.
"We knew he was going to get his. We just wanted him to earn it," Scheidt said. "Nate Eberle played really good defense on him. He contested his shots, but what are you going to do? I told him, 'If he hits a three right in your face and you have a hand up, just keep playing.' He's going to hit some. He's that kind of player."
Williams had nine of his points in the third quarter, including a late 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to 13.
"In the first half I wasn't doing as well, but I passed the ball and came through for my team," said Williams, who added five assists. "When someone is off one night, we can rely on the team rather than one person every game."
Foley, who added 10 rebounds, had 10 of his points in the first half. He scored just a point in the third quarter, but added four more points in the fourth, including a short jumper that that capped an 8-0 run and pushed the lead back to 15 after Chapelgate had pulled within seven.
Ryan Rawlings added 11 points and four assists for AACS, which improved to 3-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. He scored eight of his points in the third quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers in a 1 minute, 15 second span.
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