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2019 GAME 32: HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR 53, DEPAUL PREP 48 (OT) - Championship

Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. – Homewood-Flossmoor captured the 2019 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Championship by edging DePaul Prep 53-48 in overtime.

Homewood-Flossmoor’s win was the Vikings’ first championship in four trips to the championship contest.

The first quarter was back-and-forth between DePaul (12-2) and Homewood-Flossmoor (11-1). The Vikings jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead, but DePaul responded with a 7-2 run to move in front at 11-10. The lead changed hands three more times in the opening quarter before DePaul built a 19-14 lead following a Brian Matthews layup. The Rams led 20-18 after one quarter.

DePaul pushed its lead back to five on two occasions in the second quarter, but H-F answered back, closing the half with a 7-2 run to pull even at 27-27 at the half. The Vikings’ RJ Ogom and the Rams’ Tyler Johnson both had 11 points at the half.

DePaul moved back in front by five late in the third, but H-F closed the quarter on a 7-0 run to open up a two-point lead entering the fourth. DePaul scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to move in front by five (43-38) but back-to-back three-pointers but H-F back in front. The Vikings built a 48-45 lead with less than a minute to play, but Brian Matthews drained a three-pointer from the top of the key to send the game to overtime.

In the extra period, the Vikings ran time off the clock and moved in front on a Kenton Pryor layup with 1:48 remaining. Brandon Brewer hit a pair of free throws with 59.5 seconds left to extend the Vikings’ lead to four (52-48). Brewer added another free throw to put the Vikings up by five and close out the championship for the Vikings.

H-F shot 50.0 percent (18-of-36) from the floor, including 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from three-point distance. RJ Ogom led the Vikings with 19 points and six rebounds while Joel Watts hit 14 points and collected four rebounds. Brewer finished with 11 points and four assists in the win.

DePaul finishe the contest shooting 33.3 percent (16-of-48) from the floor, including 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from beyond the arc. Tyler Johnson led the Rams with 15 points and seven rebounds while Matthews added 13 points and seven boards. Lance Moseley finished with 10 points for the Rams.

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