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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. A long-range barrage ensued when Lincoln-Way Central and St. Charles East faced off on the final day of the 2021 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. The two teams combined for 24 three-pointers made, with Lincoln-Way Central emerging with the narrow 62-59 win.

The Knights went ahead 14-7 following a three by Jack Novak, then closed out the first quarter with another Novak trey to make it 17-12. St. Charles East responded with a layup by Trent Warren and a three by Rahul Gor. The duo combined for 25 points and six three-pointers in the first half. At the halftime buzzer, the score was all tied up at 28-28.

All five of LWC's field goals in the third quarter were of the three-point variety. On the other end, the Saints shot 60 percent from the field and took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Jack Vegter scored seven-straight points for the Knights early in the fourth quarter to put LWC ahead 54-48. Warren immediately responded with a three to halve the margin. St. Charles East crept within one point midway through, but LWC wouldn't relinquish its lead. Two free throws by Frank DeCarlo put the Knights up 62-59 in the final 30 seconds. The next two STCE treys both missed and the Knights claimed the victory.

Lincoln-Way Central (7-5 record) attempted 34 three-pointers out of its 49 field goal attempts. The Knights splashed in 12 treys, making 42.9 percent. Vegter was 4-for-6 from deep and finished with a team-best 24 points along with six rebounds. DeCarlo sank a quartet of threes, totaling 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Novak reached double digits with 13 points.

St. Charles East (1-12 record) also converted 12 three-pointers at a 35.3 percent clip. Warren led all scorers with 25 points (5 of 11 from deep). Gor posted 20 points and seven rebounds.

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