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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. Maine South pulled away as the game progressed to take down Willowbrook 52-40 in game 11 of the 2022 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

The Hawks ran their season record to 4-8. The Warriors dropped to 1-10 overall.

Maine South controlled the proceedings in the first quarter, taking a 14-4 lead as Willowbrook struggled to score (2-12 on field goals). The Warriors found some footing early in the second quarter, pulling to within 14-10, forcing a Maine South timeout. The Hawks promptly went on a run to draw back ahead 22-12. Isaac Sobieszczyk keeping Willowbrook in it with 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half of play. By halftime, Maine South's lead stood at 24-19.

The Hawks came out of the break with burst in their steps, embarking on an 11-3 run to increase their lead to 35-22. But Willowbrook stayed within striking distance thanks to a swarming defense to make it 39-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

The first five minutes of the fourth quarter saw the Hawks create more cushion at 48-33, and Willowbrook could not get within single digits the rest of the way.

In the final stats, Maine South shot 48.8 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc (4-17). Willowbrook shot 32.0 percent on field goals and only made 1 of 15 three-point attempts. Maine South won the rebounding category 32-28 while turnovers were nearly even at 17-15 in favor of Willowbrook.

The lead scorer for the Hawks was Kaden Karstens with 14 points and six rebounds, followed by Tyler Sierra (12 points). Christopher Gonzalo accumulated seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The Warriors were paced by Sobieszczyk with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Noah Campbell put up 11 points.

Maine South will face the winner of the Oak Forest/St. Charles East matchup in Wednesday's consolation semifinal at 2:00 p.m. Willowbrook will play the loser of the Oak Forest/St. Charles East contest in Wednesday's consolation bracket at 11:00 a.m.

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