Yellow Jackets Make Key Defensive Stops In Non-League Win
AIC (8-2) kept the hosts off the scoreboard at two critical junctures in the closing minutes. Trailing 61-59, Felician missed on a go-ahead three-point attempt with one minute, 17 seconds to play. The Yellow Jackets snared an offensive rebound at the other end of the floor and were able to milk the clock down to 0:29 before senior Allen Aragbaye (Corona, CA/Worcester Academy) sank two free throws.
But the Golden Falcons were not through. Devon Young (Monmouth Junction, NJ/South Brunswick) came up with a conventional three-point play at 0:15 to make it 63-62, and AIC threw away the ensuing in-bounds pass. Felician, however, was unable to come with a go-ahead basket.
Young topped Felician (2-6) with 23 points, and teammate Suquan Gary (Paterson, NJ/PCTI) posted 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. AIC’s Ricky Hudson (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) (9-11 FG) led all scorers with 24 points, while Aragbaye finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Golden Falcons never trailed in the first half, leading by as many as 11 points on two occasions. The Yellow Jackets closed to within a 33-30 halftime deficit, then took their first lead, 42-40, with 16:13 to play. The teams were never separated by more than six points in the second period. AIC, which has won five consecutive games, owned a 36-23 rebounding advantage.