Standing 6-foot-1, Jordan Glasgow is rarely the tallest player on the basketball court.
However, the Marmion junior guard is often one of the quickest and strongest players in the gym.
Displaying a variety of acrobatic, hang-time, body-tilting moves on drives to the basket, Glasgow scored 8 of his game-high 22 points over the final 3 minutes to help the Cadets (14-12, 5-3) pull away for a 68-57 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division triumph over host Aurora Central Catholic (3-19, 1-8) Friday night.
“He’s a freak,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said of Glasgow in a friendly manner. “That’s what we say on the bench about him all the time. I’ve seen him do stuff athletically than even I say, ‘He shouldn’t have made that play or gotten that rebound,’ or he was out of position but still makes the play.
“That’s just athleticism and his heart,” added Paradise. “He never stops.”
Glasgow and junior teammate Jake Esp (20 points) fueled the Cadets’ fast start as they tallied 8 points apiece during a 23-7 first-quarter run that included 10-for-15 shooting from the field.
“We started out real hot,” said Paradise. “They (the Chargers) came out in box-and-one on (Michael) Sheehan and the rest of our guys were wide-open.”
After a deep 3-pointer from Sean Harreld (9 points) ended the first quarter, the Chargers turned to their bench in the second quarter.
Freshman Brett Czerak scored all 8 of his points in the second stanza, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key as part of ACC’s 15-0 surge. Two free throws from Czerak trimmed the Cadets’ lead to 23-22 with 5:15 left in the second quarter.
Another freshman, Mac Cowen (12 points), drained a 3-pointer a few moments later as the Chargers trailed 30-27 at the intermission.
“I thought Brett and Mac both had nice games tonight,” said Chargers coach Nate Drye.
Mario May added 5 of his 10 points in the third period as ACC stayed within striking distance, down 48-42 heading into the final 8 minutes.
“Mario had a great game,” said Drye, whose bench accounted for 42 of the ACC’s 57 points. “We had three guys come in and play pretty well. It has been that way for us where we’ve been looking for people to come in and play. If you can contribute, you’re going to play.”
Tyler Maryanski’s 3-point play got the fourth quarter going for the Cadets, who went on a 10-1 run that was capped by a steal and layup from Sheehan, who nearly recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals.
“Mike Sheehan had the flu so bad tonight I thought he was going to keel over,” said Paradise. “That kid is a warrior. That’s why he is the captain of our team.
“Every time they got close, either Jordan or Mike made a big play — or we got a big rebound down low with Jake and Danny (Bicknell).”
Glasgow seemingly enjoys the best of both worlds while posing as a matchup problem for opponents these days.
“I’m faster than the bigger guys and I’m bigger than the faster guys,” said Glasgow.
Andy Czerak chipped in with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the Chargers.
“Probably the problem tonight was that we started off so bad,” said Drye. “I just didn’t think we were ready to move defensively. That killed us.”