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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. Hinsdale Central held off a fourth-quarter charge by Stevenson to win the third-place game 63-59 of the 2021 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Both teams were efficient in the first quarter, shooting a combined 11-for-20 from the field. Stevenson came out ahead after the initial eight minutes by a 14-11 margin. But Hinsdale Central made its move midway through the second quarter, reeling off 11-straight points that turned a 21-16 deficit into a 27-21 lead. Emerson Eck tallied two free throws and a three before Evan Phillips closed out the run with a fast-break jumper. Stevenson's Jaden Evans splashed a three-pointer to account for the 27-24 halftime score in favor of the home school. Benjamin Oosterbaan tallied 11 points for the Red Devils in the first half.

In the third quarter, Hinsdale Central caught fire and reeled off a 16-4 run that made the score 43-28. The Red Devils sank four treys in that time, with eight points coming from Jake Quast and six from Oosterbaan. Stevenson trimmed the lead to 11 points going into the fourth quarter (48-37). Rebounding proved to be an issue for the Patriots. The hosts doubled up Stevenson on the boards by a 34-17 margin by game's end.

But the Patriots faught back in the fourth quarter and made things uncomfortable for the home fans. They scored 14 points in-a-row to even the game up at 53-53 with two minutes remaining. Evan Porto submitted eight points and Evans hit a pair of threes. However, Hinsdale Central regrouped and countered with six-straight points to stifle the momentum. Evan Phillips made all four of his free throws down the stretch to keep the Patriots at bay and clinch the victoryy.

Hinsdale Central (8-5 record) made half of its three-point shots (8-16) and 48.8 percent overall from the field. Oosterbaan was named to the All-Tournament Team after the game. He paced the Red Devils with 21 points and six rebounds. Quast was responsible for 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Phillips collected 12 points and Chase Collignon put up 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Stevenson (8-4 record) converted 47.8 percent of its field goals and 44.4 percent of its treys (8-18). Porto was picked to the All-Tournament Team as well. Evans and Porto scored 21 points apiece with a combined 10 rebounds and six assists. Christian Uremovich added 10 points.

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