GAME 20 RECAP: CRETE-MONEE 75, ST. CHARLES EAST 65
HINSDALE, Ill. – Jeremiah Matthews poured in a tournament-high 36 points to lead the Crete-Monee past St. Charles East and into the consolation championship of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.
The tightly contests matchup featured 11 lead changes and four ties. St. Charles East (8-4) led for much of the opening quarter, carrying an 18-15 lead into the second. Crete-Monee (8-4) surged back in the second, outscoring the Saints 21-17 while in the process building a 36-35 lead at the half.
The two squads traded leads six times in the third quarter before a layup from Jalen McCoy and a three-pointer from Matthews gave Crete-Monee a five-point lead (56-51) entering the fourth quarter. A bucket from Matthews and a three-pointer from Dwayne Rose gave Crete-Monee a 63-53 lead with 5:31 remaining, but St. Charles East responded with a 10-2 run over the next 2:15 to pull to within two points. Free throws from Rose gave Crete-Monee a four-point cushion and Matthews scored the game’s final six points to help the Warriors pull away for the 10-point victory.
Matthews and Rose combined to account for 57 of Crete-Monee’s 75 points. Rose shot 8-of-18 from the floor to finish with 21 points and three assists. Matthews established a new tournament high for single-game scoring with 36 points. He shot 12-of-18 from the floor, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. He added five rebounds and two steals in the win. McCoy added eight points, four rebounds and three assists in the victory.
Four players reached double figures for St. Charles in the loss. J.T. Ford led the way with 16 points and six rebounds while Benjamin Talarczyk added 15 points. Evan DiLeonardi finished with 14 points and six assists while Justin Hardy chipped in with 13 points. Zach Hondlik totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five assists.
With the victory, Crete-Monee will face Lincoln Park in tomorrow’s consolation championship game at 3:45 p.m. St. Charles East will battle Foreman tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.