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By Mike Helfgot, Chicago Tribune                                                                     December 13, 2013

Most of the size Hinsdale Central has to match up with Oak Park was not in uniform.  The undermanned Red Devils still had enough to beat a bigger, faster, stronger team on the road Friday night.  Chase Hamilton scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Matt Rafferty had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots as Hinsdale Central overcame a big game from Oak Park's Simmie Cobbs to defeat the No. 10 Huskies 57-53 in Oak Park.

Hinsdale Central (5-2, 2-1 West Suburban Silver) was without 6-foot-7 forwards George Kiernan and Ian Bunting and 6-4 senior Grant Lillard.  "Every day we work on just grinding in practice, going as hard as we can," said Rafferty, a 6-7 junior who staged an entertaining battle with the 6-5 Cobbs, a Purdue-bound wide receiver, down the stretch.  "Simmie Cobbs is a great player. He's really athletic and strong. We picked up on his game a little in the second half."

After Cobbs (24 points, 7 rebounds) gave Oak Park (6-1, 0-1) a 48-46 lead with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining, Rafferty and Hamilton teamed up to give Hinsdale Central the lead for good.  Out of a timeout, Rafferty received a post feed and found Hamilton on the weak side for a wide-open 3-pointer.

"We were trying to get it down to see if they would collapse," Rafferty said. "We knew they'd be coming down hard, sending two or three guys, so I just had to look for the open guy."  Rafferty then blocked Cobbs' shot on the other end, and Hinsdale Central closed it out from the foul line.

Player of the game: Matt Rafferty, Hinsdale Central, 13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks.

Key performers: Oak Park — Simmie Cobbs, 24 points, 7 rebounds. Hinsdale Central — Chase Hamilton, 14 points; Jordan Bradshaw, 13 points, 4-4 FTs.

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