GAME 30 RECAP: HINSDALE CENTRAL 72, ROCKFORD AUBURN 70 (OT)
HINSDALE, Ill. - Brad Huth knocked down a 16-foot jumper at the buzzer to lead Hinsdale Central past Rockford Auburn 72-70 in the fifth-place game of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.
Trailing by nine at the half and as many as 11 points in the third quarter, Hinsdale Central (8-5) rallied for the victory. Trailing by 11 with just under six minutes remaining in the third, the Red Devils rattle off a 13-2 run over the next five minutes to pull even at 49-49. Rockford Auburn (11-4) reestablished a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Red Devils once again mounted a comeback. Trailing by two with 2:22, Huth drilled a three-pointer to give Hinsdale Central its first lead of the entire contest at 63-62. Trayvon Tyler split a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime.
In the extra time, Hinsdale grabbed a 70-68 lead on a Peter Blust layup with just under two minutes left. Devon Richardson quickly tied the game with a layup for Rockford Auburn.
After a miss by Hinsdale Central, Rockford Auburn ran the clock down and played for one shot. Richardson’s layup attempt bounced out. Hinsdale grabbed the rebound and hit Huth on an outlet pass. Huth swished home the jumper as the horn sounded, giving the Red Devils the two-point win.
Both squads shot over 50.0 percent from the floor. Rockford Auburn shot 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the field, including 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from downtown. Hinsdale Central shot 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field, and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from beyond the arc.
Blust led Hinsdale Central in the win, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double with 27 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He shot 11-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line. Drew Shepherd added 14 points while Huth tallied 12 points. Chris Eck added nine points in the win.
Tyler had an impressive day for Rockford Auburn, netting a game-high double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 11-of-17 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from downtown. He also dished out a game-high six assists. Terry Ford added 12 points while Devon Richardson added nine points.
Hinsdale Central poses with the fifth-place trophy.