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2017 GAME 21 RECAP: Maine South 66, Stevenson 64 (2OT)

Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. – Maine South outlasted Stevenson 66-64 in double overtime to secure a spot in the fifth-place game of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Maine South (9-3) opened up a 25-17 lead at the half but had to rally after Stevenson (7-6) used a barrage of three-pointers in the second half to surge in front by eight with just over two minutes remaining. Maine South scored the final eight points of the fourth quarter to pull even and force overtime as Stevenson missed two free throws down the stretch.  

Maine South opened up a four-point cushion in the first OT only to have Stevenson pull even and tie the contest on a Michael George layup. The Hawks scored the first four points of the second OT and never trailed. Maine South built a two-point cushion with six seconds left after splitting a pair of free throws. Stevenson’s runner in the lane at the buzzer rimmed off, giving the Hawks the win.

Maine South shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the floor and dominated the game inside, outscoring Stevenson 36-10 in the paint and outrebounding the Patriots 40-24. Essam Hamwi led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds while Grant Miller added a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Fillip Bulatovic totaled 15 points and five rebounds.

Stevenson set a single-game tournament record by hitting 16 three-pointers in the contest. The Patriots shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the floor, including 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from downtown. Jackson Qualley led the way with 18 points while Matthew Ambrose totaled 16 points and seven rebounds. Samvit Ram connected on five three-pointers to score 15.

Stevenson will face the loser of the St. Charles East/Rockford Auburn contest tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Maine South will take on the winner of the St. Charles East/Rockford Auburn game tomorrow at 5:15 p.m.

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