GAME SEVEN RECAP: HINSDALE CENTRAL 66, CRETE-MONEE 29 (2 OT)
HINSDALE, Ill. - Hinsdale Central needed a pair of overtimes, but the Red Devils advanced to the quarterfinals of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic with a thrilling 66-59 win over Crete-Monee.
Hinsdale Central (6-4) started quickly, building a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and carrying a 23-15 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Red Devils pushed their lead up to 11 points after a three-pointer from Drew Shepherd to start the third quarter. Crete-Monee responded with a 13-3 run over the next five minutes to take a 28-26 lead. Back-to-back three-pointers from Shepherd and Trevor Hamilton gave the Red Devils a four-point cushion. A Jeremiah Matthews jumper pulled Crete-Monee to within a bucket (32-30) after three quarters.
Crete-Monee (6-4) surged back in front to start the fourth quarter, but a hook shot from Peter Blust and consecutive three-pointers from Shepherd and Hamilton gave Hinsdale Central a 42-35 lead and forced Crete-Monee to burn a timeout. Crete-Monee slowly chipped away at the lead and pulled even on a Dwayne Rose three-pointer. A steal and layup from Shepherd put the Red Devils back in front by two, but a Jeremiah Matthews bucket evened the score at 50-50. Hinsdale had a chance to go back in front, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Crete-Monee turned the ball over in the closing seconds of regulation, but the Red Devils halfcourt three-point attempt was off the mark.
In the bonus period, Rose converted a three-point play to put Crete-Monee back in front. A jumper by Shepherd with 1:01 left put the Red Devils back in front. A foul on Hinsdale Central sent Haashim Keys to the line, and Keys split a pair of free throws to knot the score at 56-56. Hinsdale Central ran the clock down to play for one shot, but the Red Devils threw the ball away, giving Crete-Monee a chance with 2.5 seconds left.
Both teams battled fatigue in the second overtime as neither squad could hit a bucket for the first 2:30 of overtime. Hinsdale Central build a 60-56 lead with four free throws with 1:30 left. Hinsdale Central had the ball back and was running time off the clock when Jalen McCoy came up with a steal that led to a three-pointer from Matthews and cut Hinsdale Central’s lead down to one at 60-59. The Red Devils pushed their lead back to two on a free throw from Shepherd. Crete-Monee had a chance to tie the game with a pair of free throws, but missed the first and committed a lane violation on the second. Shepard knocked down two free throws and after a Warriors’ turnover, Blust hammered down a dunk to put the game away.
Hinsdale Central finished the contest shooting 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the floor, including 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from three-point range. The Red Devils also capitalized on Crete-Monee’s mistakes, converting 17 turnovers into 20 points.
Blust led Hinsdale Central with a game-high double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Shepherd added 17 points and five rebounds while Hamilton added eight points off the bench.
Crete-Monee shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the floor, including 6-of-20 from three-point range. The Warriors won the battle on the glass 45-41. Dwayne Rose led the squad with 18 points while Matthews finished with 16. McCoy finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds while Victor Curry reached double figures in scoring with 10.
Hinsdale Central will face the winner of the Crespi Carmelite/Perspectives contest on Monday, December 28, at 8:30 p.m. Crete-Monee will take on the loser of the Crespi Carmelite/Perspectives contest on Monday at 12:30 p.m.