GAME ONE RECAP: RICHARDS 74, HOPE 67 (OT)
HINSDALE, Ill. - Trailing by 15 after three quarters, Richards mounted a fourth quarter rally before eventually knocking off Hope Academy 74-67 in the first-ever contest of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.
Hope (6-4) scorched the nets in the opening half, shooting 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from the floor while Richards struggled, hitting only 23.8 percent of its shots (5-of-21) in the game's first 16 minutes. The Eagles led 27-18 at the half and upped their lead to 15 points (48-33) after three quarters.
Richards roared back in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 15 with 6:30 to go, the Bulldogs used a 14-0 run over the next three minutes to pull to within a point. Trailing 56-53 with 1:11 remaining, the Bulldogs used a 6-0 run all from free throws to build a 59-56 lead. Hope’s Malcom Sellers delivered a clutch three pointer from the corner to knot the game at 61-all and send the contest to overtime.
In the extra time, Jaaron Coleman hit a three-pointer with 2:16 left to put Richards in front to stay. The Bulldogs pulled away from the foul line to score a 74-67 victory.
After being held to just one point at the half, Jaylan Catledge exploded in the second half, scoring 22 of his game-high 23 points in the game’s final 20 minutes. He added seven rebounds and five steal to pace Richards in the victory. Coleman added 21 points and six rebounds while Chris Bender chipped in 10 points and Doug Brown scored nine. Richards finished the contest shooting 37.0 percent (20-of-54) from the floor and 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from downtown. The Bulldogs hit 29-of-42 attempts (69.0 percent) from the foul line. Richards capitalized on Hope’s mistakes, turning 24 turnovers into 26 points.
Hope finished the contest shooing 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the floor, including 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from downtown. The Eagles held a 43-34 edge in rebounding. Sellers finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Journey Fleming added 17 points and Jordan Doss scored 10 in the loss.
Richards will face the winner of the Stevenson/Foreman contest in Monday’s quarterfinal at 3:45 p.m. Hope will take on the loser of the Stevenson/Foreman game on Monday (December 28) at 9:30 a.m.