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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. - Hinsdale Central scored a 47-42 upset victory over Stevenson in the opening round of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

The opening half was sluggish for both squads as Hinsdale Central led 6-3 after the opening quarter and the score was even at 15-15 at the half. The score was even at 22-22 with 1:43 left in the third quarter when Hinsdale Central took control for good. A 7-0 run from the Red Devils keyed by a three-point play from Danny Ahern, gave Hinsdale Central a 29-22 lead with 13 seconds left. Stevenson's Justin Smith hit a layup just before the buzzer to cut Hinsdale Central's lead down to five (29-24) at the end of the third quarter.

Leading by five early in the fourth, Hinsdale Central used a layup from Chris Eck and a trey from Jack Hoiberg to open up a double-digit lead at 36-26. The Red Devils pushed their lead up to 11 with 2:45 left, but Stevenson answered back with a 9-1 run to close to within three after Smith hit a three-pointer with just 49 seconds left to go. The Red Devils hit their final six free throws to seal the victory and come away with the five-point win.

Hinsdale Central shot 50.0 percent from the floor (17-of-34) and capitalized on Stevenson's turnovers, converting 15 turnovers into 19 points. Hoiberg led the charge for the Red Devils, finishing with 11 points and a pair of steals. Eck added 10 points with six assists and five rebounds while Matt Rush came off the bench to score eight.

Stevenson shot 41.0 percent (16-of-39) from the floor and outrebounded Hinsdale Central 27-18 in the loss. Smith paced the Patriots in the loss with 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Willie Herenton added 12 points and four assists while Eric Zaleski scored six.

Hinsdale Central will face the winner of the DePaul/Crete-Monee contest in Wednesday’s quarterfinal at 8:30 p.m. Stevenson will take on the loser of the DePaul/Crete-Monee contest in a consolation game on Wednesday (December 28) at 2:00 p.m.

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