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High School Boys Basketball: Slow Stretch Sinks Hinsdale Central Boys


High school boys basketball: Slow stretch sinks Hinsdale Central boys

Published: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 1:11 p.m. CST


 By BILL STONE - editorial@mysuburbanlife.com


HINSDALE – Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team knew it was in for a challenge when it played York.



“The way they play, it’s a grind. It’s tough to score against [them] the way they defend,” Hinsdale Central coach Nick Latorre said. “I thought it was a well-played game by both teams other than that stretch where we turned it over.” 


Five third-quarter turnovers by the Red Devils helped the Dukes take the lead in a 41-37 West Suburban Silver win Jan. 22.


York senior Jack Morrissey had a scoreless first half, not even taking a shot.

In the third quarter, he delivered the Dukes’ first 10 points, hitting 4-of-5 shots with two 3-pointers as York turned a 21-19 halftime deficit into a 29-23 lead.


“I think it’s one of my best quarters offensively,” Morrissey said. “We made an adjustment at halftime in the press, and it really worked. I got more open and then I hit the shots. I really think it’s on my teammates for getting me open shots.”

With Nick Kosich’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, the Dukes owned their biggest lead at 36-28.


Central’s Tomas Misiunas sank a three with 4:05 left and Brad Huth’s driving layup cut the deficit to 38-37 with 28 seconds left. After a free throw by Morrissey, the Red Devils (9-8, 3-2 WSS) called a timeout with 5.6 seconds left. Trevor Hamilton’s alley-oop inbounds pass in traffic to 6-foot-7 senior Peter Blust to the right of the lane was successful, but his bank shot did not fall. 


York’s Jack Julian added two late free throws after the Dukes made only six of their first 16 attempts.


“We’ve been a really good free-throw shooting team. Fortunately we made enough plays on the defensive end to keep it tight,” York coach Vince Doran said. “[We] created some offense with our defense. Jack Morrissey had a really great run.”

Blust collected 16 points, including two 3-pointers, and five rebounds for the Red Devils, who played their second game minus senior starter Drew Shepherd. 


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