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By Bob Narang, Special to the Tribune                                 10:23 p.m. CST, February 12, 2013

Hinsdale Central's late-season flourish of victories put a heavy emphasis on efficiency and effort over style — and defense over offense.  Hinsdale Central stretched its winning streak to 11 games with a 54-39 victory over No. 18 York on Tuesday.  The Red Devils captured the West Suburban Silver title with their second win over the Dukes this season. Hinsdale Central (17-5, 10-1) has won eight games during its current streak by double figures.  "Our defense has been our calling card for the most part of this stretch," Hinsdale Central coach Nick Latorre said. "We've had some great offensive games, some games where we've been bad offensively, but our defense has been pretty consistent throughout this stretch of games."  Sophomore center Matt Rafferty set the stage by scoring Hinsdale Central's first eight points, displaying his all-around game with two free throws, a short jumper, a hook shot and a tip-in. Rafferty tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Red Devils shot 15-for-31 from the field.  "We've got momentum and hope to keep on rolling," Rafferty said. "We've been playing good defense and got some transition baskets. This win is huge. Our first conference championship in a while."  York shot 13-for-46 from the field against Hinsdale Central's rugged and physical defense. Colorado State-bound David Cohn was 3-for-15 for seven points.  "It's always extra motivation to stop David Cohn because he gets so much press," said Hinsdale Central senior guard Brian Owens, who had 17 points.  The first half played out more like a football game than a heavyweight hoops conference matchup. The teams combined to score 33 points on 39 shots in 51 possessions and committed 16 turnovers.  The physical game played into the hands of the Red Devils. York couldn't establish an inside game and tallied one basket in its final 11 first-half possessions.  Hinsdale Central's ball movement and emphasis on pounding the ball into the paint paid dividends in the second half.  The Red Devils built a sizable cushion when Owens and Alec Hutcherson made two 3-pointers each in the third quarter.  The Dukes (19-6, 8-3) endured a nightmarish game that turned even more painful in the third. York shot 2-for-9 from the field, 3-for-8 on free-throw attempts and had a lane violation on a one-on-one attempt.  "(Hinsdale Central) did a great job," Cohn said. "You can't take anything away from them. We didn't execute our shots."

Player of the game: Matt Rafferty, Hinsdale Central, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists.

Key performers: York — David Cohn, 7 points, 4 assists, 2 steals; Frank Toohey, 8 points, 6 rebounds. Hinsdale Central — Brian Owens, 17 points, 2 3-pointers; Alec Hutcherson, 9 points, 3 3-pointers.

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