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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. – Crespi Carmelite got off to a strong start and held off a furious second-half rally from Hinsdale Central to secure a 61-52 win over Hinsdale Central in the quarterfinals of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

With the score tied at 2-2, Crespi Carmelite (12-1) opened up a 13-2 run to build an 11-point lead. Hinsdale Central (6-5) closed to within four points early in the second quarter after a bucket from Peter Blust, but the Celts responded with a 22-7 run to close the quarter and carry a 43-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. 
Crespi pushed its lead up to 23 points early in the third quarter, but Hinsdale Central surged back, scoring 12 straight points to pull to within 11 points with three minutes left in the third. A jumper from De’Anthony Melton ended the Hinsdale run and put the Celts back up by 13. A late three-pointer from Drew Shepherd brought Hinsdale Central to within 12 points (53-41) entering the fourth quarter.

Hinsdale Central scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead down to single digits. A free throw from Crespi put the Celts up by nine, but Shepherd converted the rare four-point play, by hitting a three-pointer and a free throw to pull Hinsdale Central to within five with just under three minutes to play. A putback from Melton extended Crespi’s lead back to seven points. A Trevor Hamilton three-pointer with just over a minute left brought the Red Devils to within four points, but Hinsdale came no closer as Crespi Carmelite sealed the game from the foul line.

Crespit shot 46.7 percent (21-of-45) from the floor, including 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from beyond the arc. Melton and Brandon Williams combined for 41 points and 20 rebounds with each player finishing with a double-double. Melton totaled 23 points and 10 rebounds while Williams finished with 18 points and 10 boards.

Hinsdale Central finished the contest shooting 32.7 percent (17-of-52) from the floor, including 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from downtown. Shepherd led the way for the Red Devils with 17 points and knocked down four three-pointers. Peter Blust came off the bench to finish with 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Crespi Carmelite moved into the semifinals and will face Maine South tomorrow, December 29, at 8:30 p.m. Hinsdale Central will face DePaul Prep in a consolation game at 5:15 p.m.

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