2012 News

Boys Basketball: Hinsdale Central rallies past Glenbard West

BY MATT LE CREN
February 14, 2012

Hinsdale Central’s seniors played their final home game Tuesday night and showed why they have come a long way in a short period of time.

The Red Devils knocked off Glenbard West 56-50 in West Suburban Silver action and have now tripled their win total from a year ago. Hinsdale Central (15-8, 7-4), which was 5-19 last year, can clinch sole possession of third place in the conference by beating Lyons Friday night.

“We’ve got guys with experience this year,” Hinsdale Central senior forward Tom Garvin said. “This year we just focus on playing good defense. We know we can score, but if we play good defense we know we can close out tough games like that.”

Glenbard West (15-7, 6-5) led 29-23 at halftime but senior guard Peter Thaus tallied seven of his 10 points in the third quarter to pull the Red Devils even at 38-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Hilltoppers regained the lead and were ahead 45-41 following a baseline jumper by 6-6 forward Mike Mache with 5:52 remaining. A year ago, Hinsdale Central might have crumbled, but this winter the Red Devils have been winning their fair share of close games.

The hosts went on an 11-1 run, with junior Brian Owens sinking two free throws before Garvin scored their next nine points, capping the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 52-46 at the 2:25 mark.

“It was just the way the game goes,” said Garvin, who finished with 13 points and five rebounds. “You’ve got to take those opportunities when you get them because you don’t get many opportunities like that.

“Everybody stepped up today and my teammates did a great job of finding me in the spots where I could score, and that’s how you win games. I’m really proud of the team tonight.”

So was Hinsdale Central coach Nick Latorre, whose team was outrebounded only 25-24 despite being outsized by Glenbard West’s big front line.

“I thought all of our bigs did a pretty good job of rebounding,” Latorre said. “One of our points of emphasis at halftime was we were getting beat on the offensive boards and we were getting beat to the middle on their penetration, and those were two things I thought we cleaned up in the second half.”

Glenbard West’s 6-8 senior center Pat Mazza scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including a putback of his own miss that cut the deficit to 53-50 with 37.2 seconds to go. But Chase Hamilton made two free throws for Hinsdale Central with 30.3 remaining and senior Brad Anlauf split a pair of foul shots to finish the scoring with 16.8 left.

Anlauf is usually the Red Devils’ leading scorer but after draining two treys in the early going he was hampered by foul trouble and finished with seven points and four steals. But the slack was picked up by Thaus, Owens, who scored 12 points, and 6-7 sophomore center Ian Bunting, who came off the bench to score nine points on 4-for-4 shooting.

“It was truly a team effort,” Latorre said. “When our team is at its best is when we’re balanced. Give [the Red Devils] a lot of credit because they have really worked hard.”

Mazza led the Hilltoppers with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, while Mache added 12 points and seven rebounds and Vernon Harris scored eight points.

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