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George M. Wilcox on February 14, 2013                                           Sun-Times Media

Hinsdale Central's boys basketball team had talent, but very little tradition on its side when the season began. Few would have expected the Devils to win the West Suburban Silver championship with defending champion Oak Park-River Forest returning two starters and a trio of big men each measuring 6-foot-6 or more.  But there is a reason the seven members of the Silver play all 12 games each season. OPRF (16-8, 7-4) won its first five conference games of the season, but lost three in row to Hinsdale Central, Proviso West and Lyons during a 13-day stretch from late January to early February. The losing streak cost the Huskies their chance of defending the title.  Hinsdale Central has won 11 in a row entering Friday night's game at Glenbard West (11-12, 4-7).  The Devils (17-5, 10-1) lost their second conference game at home against OPRF, 47-45, on Dec. 7 when Erick Locke made two game-winning free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining in the game. The second half of the season has been perfect for Hinsdale Central and third-year coach Nick Latorre.  Latorre was a banker before turning to education and coached nine years Driscoll. He has pushed all the right buttons by adding three-sport athlete Jared Eck to his starting lineup midway through the season. Eck, the starting safety and starting center fielder in his other sports, is the basketball team's defensive stopper. Matt Rafferty, a 6-7 sophomore, has emerged as the team's leading scorer and just might have a future in basketball after serving as the starting quarterback for the sophomore football team in the fall.  I don't think any other varsity coach has as much experience on his bench with veteran assistant coaches. Latorre has two former varsity coaches on his bench. Retired teacher Lee Maciejewski has coached basketball for 37 years and was Hinsdale's varsity coach for the 2010 season before Latorre took over. Maciejewski coached previously at Glenbard West and West Chicago and is the Devils' varsity softball coach. Another assistant, Kevin Baldus, coached West Chicago's varsity from 2009-12.  In the second annual regular-season ending West Suburban Crossover game, the Devils will likely host Gold division leading Proviso East (20-3, 10-0) although the Pirates' game at Morton (15-5, 9-1) was postponed Feb. 9. I have not heard from the coaches yet regarding a makeup date. Proviso East won the first meeting 68-43 on Jan. 11. The West Suburban Crossover first-place game is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Hinsdale.  For the record, Hinsdale Central's previous conference championships were in 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1934, 1935, 1943, 1949, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 1997, 2000.


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