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By Jason Rossi - jrossi@shawmedia.com       Tuesday, February 12, 2013     

With the West Suburban Silver title on the line Tuesday against visiting York, Hinsdale Central's boys basketball team stuck with what got them there.  Defense.  The Red Devils hastled the Dukes into a 13-of-55 shooting performance and won 54-39 to clinch the outright WSS title with one conference game left.  "It's awesome," Central senior guard Brian Owens said of winning the conference title. "All the hard work paid off. One of our goals this year was to win conference and we accomplished that, so we're real happy."  Owens helped put the Red Devils (17-5 overall, 10-1 WSS) in control. He scored three points as part of an 8-2 Central run to close the second quarter, then hit a 3-pointer at the start of the third to ignite a 9-2 run. Those two surges turned what was a 12-11 lead into a 29-15 advantage.  But the defense, which forced 16 Duke turnovers and held York's Colorado State-bound guard David Cohn to seven points, was what impressed Hinsdale coach Nick Latorre, whose team won its 11th straight game.  "Our defense has really been our calling card during this stretch," Latorre said. "We've had some great offensive games, but our defense has really been consistent during this stretch."  Hinsdale Central led throughout and the game was tied once at 4-4 early in the first quarter. After the Red Devils made it 29-15, the Dukes (19-6, 8-3) battled back to cut it to 35-25 early in the fourth quarter, but they got no closer.  "We had a tough time shooting tonight," York head coach Vince Doran said. "I thought we had some good looks, we just couldn't get them to fall."  Owens led all scorers with 17 points, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 5-of-7 at the free throw line. Matt Rafferty added 15 and Alec Hutcherson scored nine, but perhaps the loudest cheers from Central's student section came when senior role player Tanner Makris split a pair of free throws late in the game to get into the scoring column.  York had nine players score, but none reached double digits. Frank Toohey tallied eight and Jack Heinle and Isaac McKinley scored six apiece.

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