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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. - Chase Adams poured in 23 points and hit the game-winning bucket with 23 seconds remaining to lead Marian Catholic to a 65-64 win over Urban Prep Englewood in the opening round of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Urban Prep (9-3) raced out to a 15-6 lead just 3:30 into the contest, but Marian Catholic (7-4) slowly clawed its way back in. The Spartans trimmed the deficit to 17-12 after the first quarter and opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run to take an 18-17 lead. The Spartans built a 31-27 lead at the half.

The second half was back-and-fourth as the lead changed hands 12 times and was tied on nine occasions. Marain Catholic built a 61-58 lead with 1:44 left after a TeeAaron Powell layup, but Jehru Towels knocked down a three-pointer to knot the score at 61-61 with 1:32 left. Powell put the Spartans back in front with a layup with 50 seconds remaining, but Fred Cleveland II put Urban Prep back in front with a triple with just 33 seconds left on the clock.

Adams hit the game-winning bucket with 23 seconds, driving the base line and hitting a reverse layup that proved to be the game-winner.

Marian Catholic shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the floor, including 15.4 percent (2-of-9) from downtown. Adams led all scorers in the win, shooting 9-of-18 from the floor to score 23 points. He added seven assists and four steals in the victory. Chris White and Brandon Hurt came off the bench to combine for 19 points with White scoring 10 and Hurt adding nine.

Urban Prep shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the floor, including 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from beyond the arc. Davonte Adams led the way in the loss with a team-best 21 points. He added five rebounds, six assists and four steals in the loss. Cleveland II added 11 points while Jace Lee totaled seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Marian Catholic will face Lincoln Park in Wednesday’s quarterfinal at 3:45 p.m. Urban Prep Englewood will take on St. Charles East in a consolation game on Wednesday (December 28) at 9:30 a.m.

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