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HINSDALE, Ill. - Brad Perry hit a game-winning layup with less than a second remaining to propel Maine South to a  48-46 win over Stevenson in the third-place game at the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Stevenson (8-4) built an early lead, carrying a 23-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Patriots led by as many as eight points early in the third quarter before Maine South (11-2) mounted a rally. The Hawks sliced the lead down to two points after buckets from Perry, Tommy Gardiner and Jon Arenas, but Stevenson pushed its lead back to five after a three-pointer from Ryuji Aoki before the end of the third quarter.

Stevenson pushed its lead back to eight points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Maine South responded with a 10-0 run fueled by five points from Arenas and a three-pointer from Tommy Digan. Justin Smith’s tip-in bucket tied the game at 44-44 for Stevenson with under two minutes to play. A layup from Arenas put Stevenson back up 1:18 left, but Aoki was fouled shooting a three with 46 seconds left. He hit the first two free throws to tie the score at 46-all, but his third attempt rimmed out with Maine South grabbing the loose ball. The Hawks played for one shot and Nick Foldvary found Perry under the basket for the game winning layup.

Digan led Maine South in the win, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-6 from downtown to finish with a team-leading 15 points. Arenas added 12 points and four assists while Perry totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the tournament.

Stevenson was led by Aoki’s 19 points. He shot 6-of-13 from the floor and knocked down five three-pointers in the loss. Willie Herenton added 10 points and three assists while Smith finished with nine points and seven rebounds.

Maine South poses with the third-place trophy.

Stevenson poses with the fourth-place trophy.

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