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Boys hoops: No. 13 Glenbard West uses furious rally to upend Hinsdale Central

Boys hoops: No. 13 Glenbard West uses furious rally to upend Hinsdale Central









Bob Hurst


Chicago Tribune



 


After starting the season 15-0, Glenbard West came into Saturday night's West Suburban Silver game struggling with two losses in its last three games. And the Hilltoppers appeared to be headed for another defeat until things dramatically shifted in the fourth quarter against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn.


Glenbard West went on a 16-0 run in the final quarter to come out with a 64-52 win. Justin Pierce scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the final eight minutes as the Hilltoppers accomplished something in the final quarter that they haven't been able to do recently.


"Our motto this year is finish," Pierce said. "We didn't finish games last year. Most of the guys on our team are seniors, we've been here before."


Trailing 48-39 early in the fourth after Drew Shepherd drilled three 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the third for the Red Devils, Glenbard West (17-2, 5-1) found new energy.


 


Pierce and Alex Passi scored six points each during the spurt. Pierce hit a pair of free throws for a 49-48 lead with 3 minutes, 21 seconds to play and banked in a layup to make it 51-48. Passi connected on his second 3-pointer of the quarter for a 54-48 advantage with 2:15 to go.


In foul trouble and exasperated by the Hilltoppers' run, Hinsdale Central (9-10, 3-4) had no answers left and was outscored 28-6 in the final period. The Red Devils made just one field goal in the fourth, a 3-pointer by Trevor Hamilton with less than 30 seconds to play.


Pierce put an exclamation mark on the victory by walking in and dunking the ball at the buzzer for the game's last basket.


"Our goal is to win the league," Pierce said, "We haven't done that since 1973. We have a two-game lead. This is a big game for us."


 


Bob Hurst is a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune.


Player of the game: Justin Pierce, Glenbard West, 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals.


Key performers: Glenbard West — Alex Passi, 21 points. Hinsdale Central — Drew Shepherd, 20 points; Trevor Hamilton, 12 points.


 


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