GAME 23 RECAP: HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR 55, STEVENSON 51
HINSDALE, Ill. - Homewood-Flossmoor knocked off defending state champion Stevenson 55-51 to reach the championship game of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.
Homewood-Flossmoor (7-2) traded buckets with Stevenson (8-3) for the opening quarter before taking control in the second. The Vikings opened the quarter on an 11-1 run to take a 19-9 lead after a three-pointer from Jeffrey Boyd. Stevenson knocked the lead down to six (21-15) at halftime.
Leading by four (26-22) in the third quarter, Homewood-Flossmoor rattled off seven straight points to take its biggest lead of the night at 33-22. Kendric Pryor helped spark the run with a layup and a three-pointer.
Stevenson kept fight, chipping the lead down to five points on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, before pulling to within three points after Rodney Herenton banked home a three-pointer with 1:39 left on the clock. Homewood-Flossmoor answered with a pair of Trelan Morrow free throws to push its lead back to five. A Ryuji Aoki jumper pulled Stevenson back to within three points with 1:10 remaining, but the Vikings hit their next four free throws to open up a seven-point cushion before hanging on for the 55-51 victory.
Homewood-Flossmoor finished the contest shooting just 38.6 percent (17-of-44), but the Vikings were solid from the free throw line at 73.9 percent (17-of-23). The Vikings bench’ outscored Stevenson’s bench 27-13.
Pryor led the Vikings in the win, tallying 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Tyler Demarta came off the bench to score 10 while Morrow added nine points, five rebounds and three assists. Elijah McCreary added eight points from the bench.
Stevenson was ice cold from downtown, hitting just 1-of-15 attempts (6.7 percent). The Patriots turned 15 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points. Justin Smith led the Patriots in the loss, totaling 17 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks. Rodney Herenton added 13 points while Aoki scored nine. Willie Herenton finished with nine points.
With the victory, Homewood-Flossmoor will play in tomorrow’s championship contest at 8:30 p.m. The Vikings will face the winner of the Crespi Carmelite/Maine South contest. Stevenson will face the loser of the Crespi Carmelite/Maine South game in the third-place game at 7:00 p.m.