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NEWS > OPRF hands Red Devils first loss in WSC Silverby Patrick Kelly HINSDALE Oak Park-River Forest handed Hinsdale Cen

by Patrick Kelly

HINSDALE Oak Park-River Forest handed Hinsdale Central its first West Suburban Silver loss Friday night, and it was no surprise that the long-distance shooting of Elliot Greffin played a factort.

The Huskies' reserve knocked down three three-pointers and finished with a season-high 15 points to lead Oak Park-River Forest past the Red Devils 51-47 in Hinsdale.

Hinsdale Central (17-3, 6-1) played without its two leading scorers, Matt Rafferty, who was sidelined with a hand injury, and George Kiernan, absent because of an unexpected family commitment.

Greffin, a senior guard, probably wishes the Huskies (10-8, 3-4) faced Hinsdale Central more than twice in a season. Last year, he dropped in 17 points during a 57-53 loss to the Red Devils.

"I just always get up for [playing Hinsdale Central]," Greffin said. "It is one of those games, ... READ MORE

NEWS > Hinsdale Central boys lose conference contest against OPRF

Published: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 10:36 p.m. CST

by Suburban Life Media

HINSDALE – Jordan Bradshaw and David Northey sent some life into the home crowd with back-to-back 3-pointers for Hinsdale Central's basketball team.

The first shot tied the game and the second gave the Red Devils a third-quarter lead, but the well went dry and Central lost 51-47 against Oak Park-River Forest in a West Suburban Silver game Friday night.

A pair of Nevin Mulc free throws followed by Thomas Ives' driving layup gave the Red Devils (17-3 overall, 6-1 WSS) a 37-35 lead with 4:33 to go in the game, but they didn't make another field goal until Grant Hutcherson hit from long range with 29.9 seconds left.

Central trailed 7-2 early in the first quarter but battled back to cut the deficit to 22-19 at the half.

NEWS > A win and a loss as Matt Raffety injures hand in Hinsdale Central win

Published: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 4:14 p.m. CST


ELMHURST – Matt Rafferty didn’t have a Superman cape tucked under his Hinsdale Central basketball uniform.

It would have been fitting if he had.

Rafferty injured his right hand with about three minutes to play in the third quarter of a Jan. 23 game against York, but the senior still converted a three-point play with 23.6 seconds left in the game to lead the Red Devils to a 50-48 win.

“He showed a lot of grit and an unbelievable amount of toughness to play through that injury,” said Central head coach Nick Latorre, who initially believed Rafferty broke a bone in his hand.

That diagnosis was confirmed after Rafferty visited the doctor on Monday. The Red Devils will now have to regroup without the services of their standout post ... READ MORE

NEWS > Boys basketball: With star sidelined, Hinsdale Central looks to George Kiernan

by Mike Helfgot

January 29, 2015, 5:35 PM

George Kiernan was asked about the military service component of his commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Based on his answer it appears the Hinsdale Central senior, who will play basketball for Navy, is often asked this question.

"I would like to be an engineer," Kiernan said. "There is more to it than service. It is more about being a well-rounded person and being exposed to difficult obstacles."

Hinsdale Central's surprising victory on Saturday makes more sense in that light.

Playing their first game without injured star Matt Rafferty — their leader in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocked shots, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage — the Red Devils defeated a St. Joseph team with three high-major Division I recruits, 72-69.

A versatile forward like Rafferty, whose broken right shooting hand could keep him ... READ MORE



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