2011 News

Hinsdale Central downs York in conference opener

BY GEORGE M. WILCOX ~ gwilcox@pioneerlocal.com
December 2, 2011 10:30PM

Hinsdale Central already has half as many wins in the West Suburban Silver as it did last year.

All it took was a dominating second quarter as the Devils pulled away from York for a 74-44 victory Friday night in Hinsdale.

Tom Garvin (10 rebounds) scored nine of his 13 points in the quarter as Hinsdale Central (3-1, 1-0) held the Dukes (3-2, 0-1) to one basket in the period. The Devils gained momentum after junior Justin Kurash made a pair of free throws to start off the scoring for York in the second quarter. The Dukes led 15-13.

But then it was all Hinsdale Central, which ended the period with a 21-4 run. York led 7-0 in turnovers in the quarter and the only Duke player to score was Jake Rzeszutko when he grabbed his own rebound and scored on a short jumper with 5:05 to go before the half.

Hinsdale Central outscored York 23-6 in the second quarter. Garvin scored all nine of his points consecutively for the Devils starting off with a running jumper to give the Devils a 19-17 lead with 4:58 to go.

“It was not only turnovers, but we started rebounding the ball well,” Garvin said. “That got us some transition baskets and then [Brad] Anlauf, [Brian] Owens and [Alec] Hutcherson knocked down some threes.”

The Devils, who won only two conference games and five games overall last season, connected on 5-of-9 three-pointers in the first half. The two teams combined to finish the first quarter with four three-pointers, but three of them were made by Hinsdale. Two of the three were made by Hutcherson, who finished with 11 points and three three-pointers.

“It was nice to see the kids share the ball. They played together well,” Hinsdale coach Nick Latorre said. “It’s always good to get [a conference win]. We got off on a good foot.”

Anlauf led the Devils with 16 points and five rebounds. Rzeszutko led York with 13 points and five rebounds.

Two of York’s top returnees from last season, junior guard David Cohn and 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Frank Toohey, combined for nine points, but only one point in the first half. Hinsdale led 34-19 at halftime. Cohn scored six of his seven points in the second half and didn’t make his first basket until 4:34 to go in the third quarter.

“It was important to set a tone [in conference],” Garvin said. “We wanted to send a message. Not many people think we can contend in the conference. We definitely can.”

One new addition for the Devils, 6-6 freshman Matt Rafferty, scored nine points in his varsity debut. Rafferty was called up from the sophomore team after the first week of the season and scored seven points in the second half.

“We saw him play all summer,” Latorre said. “We thought he could potentially help us at the varsity level.”

The Devils went on a 16-0 run in the fourth quarter and scored 18 of the game’s final 24 points.

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