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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. - Crespi Carmelite secured its spot in the championship match of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic by upending Maine South 45-37.

Crespi Carmelite (13-1) led from wire-to-wire scoring the game’s first five points and outscoring Maine South 9-2 in the opening quarter. The Celts continued to hold Maine South (10-2) at bay, never allowing the Hawks to come closer than a four-point deficit in the first half. The Celts carried a 16-9 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Celts continued to pull away in the second half, lengthening their lead to 11 points after three quarters. Maine South came as close as a seven-point deficit (41-34) with 2:16 left to play, but came no closer as the Celts held off the Hawks for a 45-37 win.

Brandon Williams led Crespi Carmelit in the victory, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Billy Oxley added 13 points, knocking down 4-of-7 from downtown. De’Anthony Melton added eight points and seven rebounds while Mitchel Mykhaylov finished with a team-leading 10 rebounds.

Maine South struggled with its shooting all night, hitting just 27.3 percent (12-of-44) from the floor, including just 3-of-20 (15 percent) in the opening half. The Hawks were equally cold from downtown, connecting on just 1-of-15 attempts from three-point range (6.7 percent)

Crespi Carmelite will take on Homewood-Flossmoor in tomorrow’s championship game at 8:30 p.m. Maine South will face Stevenson in the third-place game at 7:00 p.m.

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