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HINSDALE, Ill. - Justin Smith totaled a game-high double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead Stevenson to a 65-46 win over Crete-Monee in the consolation bracket of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Stevenson (8-2) never trailed in the contest. With the score even at 2-2, the Patriots rattled off 11 straight points to open up a quick double-digit lead. They led by as many as 18 points late in the second quarter, but Crete-Monee (6-5) used a 9-0 run to close the quarter and bring the deficit down to just nine points (30-21) at the break.

Crete-Monee cut the deficit down to just five points one minute into the third quarter, but Stevenson pushed its lead back to 14 points following a dunk from Smith. The Patriots led by 12 after three quarters. The Warriors came no closer than an 11-point deficit the rest of the way as Stevenson cruised to the 19-point victory.

Smith and Willie Herenton combined to score over half of Stevenson's points in the victory. Smith pumped in 25 points while adding 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Herenton added 14 points in the victory while Aidan O'Connell scored seven. The Patriots shot 44.9 percent (22-of-49) from the floor, including 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point distance.

Carrington Bass sparked Crete-Monee in the loss with a team-leading 16 points. Dwayne Rose added nine points while Marquis Kennedy scored eight.

Stevenson will face Saint Viator in Thursday's consolation semifinal at 2:00 p.m. Crete-Monee will take on Richards in a consolation game on Thursday (December 29) at 11:00 a.m.

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