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Boys Basketball: Hinsdale Central measures up in road win

January 21, 2012

Glenbard West owned the height advantage over Hinsdale Central on Saturday night, but it didn’t help.

The Devils held the Hilltoppers’ big three to a combined 21 points as Hinsdale Central won 61-50, handing Glenbard West its the first loss of the season in 10 games.

Hinsdale Central (10-6, 3-3 West Suburban Silver) beat host Oswego East in double overtime Jan. 10, but Devils coach Nick Latorre did not want to categorize the upset at Glenbard as Hinsdale’s biggest win of the season.

“It was a nice win, don’t get me wrong,” Latorre said. “I don’t want to put [wins] in categories. I’m pleased they played much harder [than Friday]. We talked about playing with child-like enthusiasm.”

The Hilltoppers (11-3, 3-2) lost for the third time in their last four games after winning their first 10 to start the season.

Brad Anlauf led the Devils with 23 points, and Hinsdale got contributions from Tom Garvin (13 points) and Brian Owens (11).

Matt Rafferty, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, had seven points, and his 11 rebounds proved he could battle with Glenbard’s 6-6 Mache twins (Michael and Matthew) and 6-8 Pat Mazza.

“I felt I needed to step up,” said Rafferty, who joined the Devils varsity for the season’s fourth game after starting out on the sophomore team. “I needed to help my teammates. Coach just told me to play my game.”

ard West went more than eight minutes without a basket, but trailed by only 31-30 in the third quarter after Justin Taylor’s three-pointer less than a minute after halftime. Taylor finished with 10 points.

The Hilltoppers led 39-37 with 2:46 to go in the third when Hinsdale used a 14-1 run to take a 51-40 lead. The Devils outscored Glenbard 16-10 in the fourth quarter.

“They were more physical than we were,” Glenbard coach Tim Hoder said. “I thought we turned the ball over too much. We fouled too much. They scored too many points on the free-throw line.”

Michael Mache led the Hilltoppers with 11 points, Matthew had seven and Mazza added three points. The threesome also combined for 14 rebounds.

“It was a great team effort,” Latorre said. “I thought on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. It was a satisfying win. The team played together.”

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