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Starting Role Doesn't Change Hinsdale Central Forward Pappas

By Ken Ryan @kenryan15  

LA GRANGE — Hinsdale Central senior basketball player Rigas Pappas has never cared about individual glory.  As long as he’s on the court, the 6-foot-2 forward is a happy person.  “I like playing the sport, so I’ll do anything to get minutes,” Pappas said. “My biggest role is setting screens, rebounding and just playing hard out there and getting loose balls. Whatever my team needs me to do for us to win I’m going to do it.”  That kind of attitude is what coaches love to hear.  Pappas may have had just four points, four rebounds and two steals in Hinsdale Central’s important 55-39 West Suburban Silver win over host Lyons Friday, but his presence did not go unnoticed.  “He does all the dirty work,” Hinsdale Central coach Nick Latorre said. “He guards, he picks up the loose balls and does a great job on the glass. He’s a great help-side defender. He, Ian Bunting and Evan Blust have all kind of taken on that role and have done a great job. They all do a spectacular job of doing those little things that don’t show up in the scorebook, but coaches and basketball guys appreciate what those guys do.”  The Red Devils (9-5) improved to 4-1 in the Silver with the victory to remain in the title hunt along with Oak Park-River Forest (5-0) and York (4-1).  Senior point guard Brian Owens, who was also the football team’s starting quarterback, drained all five of his 3-point attempts in the win over Lyons and is accustomed to garnering headlines and attention for his play.  However, he knows how valuable Pappas has been for the Red Devils, despite his calm demeanor.  “He’s really quiet and shy off the court,” Owens said. “On the court, he’s an animal and has done an outstanding job rebounding and helping us all season long.  Pappas is not quite sure about Owens’ assessment of him being shy, but he likes being aggressive when he suits up for the Devils.  “I guess you can say I’m kind of a quiet person,” Pappas said. “I just like to lead by example with my hustling.”  Pappas came off the bench for the Red Devils last season to provide a spark.  While honored to be in the starting lineup as a senior, it hasn’t impacted his mind-set at all.  “It means a lot to start, but it doesn’t matter with the way I play,” Pappas said. “I still go out there and hustle whether I’m starting or coming off the bench.”


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