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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. - Stevenson cruised into the second round of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic by pounding Foreman 80-48.

Stevenson (7-2) scored the game’s first 12 points and never looked back, building a 22-6 lead after one quarter and a 45-14 lead at the half. The Patriots continued to pull away in the second half leading by as many as 38 points before coasting to the 32-point victory.

Foreman (3-7) shot just 34.6 percent (18-of-52) from the floor and was ice cold from downtown, hitting just 3-of-20 attempts from three-point range (15.0 percent). David Forrest came off the bench to score a team-leading 21 points for the Hornets. Sean Ballenger added 12 for Foreman.

Stevenson finished the contest shooting 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the floor, including 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from three-point range. The Patriots dominated the contest inside and on the glass, outscoring Foreman 50-24 in the paint and owning a 56-21 edge in rebounding. The Patriots turned 26 offensive rebounds into 27 second-chance points.

Justin Smith totaled a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, both team-highs, to lead the Patriots in the win. Rodney Herenton added 12 points and seven rebounds while Willie Herenton scored 11. Kevin Yang also reached double figures in scoring with eight.

With the victory, Stevenson advances to Monday’s (December 28) quarterfinal against Richards. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Foreman will face Hope Academy in a consolation contest at 9:30 a.m. on Monday (December 28).

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