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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. St. Charles East closed strong in the final minutes to top Oak Forest 59-47 in game 12 of the 2022 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

The Saints evened their record at 6-6 while the Bengals dropped to 5-6 on the year.

St. Charles East took a 10-6 advantage in the first quarter, but Oak Forest countered by closing the period on a 7-2 run. Both teams were bombing away from three-point territory in the first half, with limited success (5-27 combined).

The Saints made their big move in the second quarter with a 13-4 streak. That turned an 18-15 deficit into a 28-22 advantage, capped by a trey from the right corner and a transition layup. Then it was time for Oak Forest to respond. A three by DeShawn Nolan gave the Bengals the lead once again at 29-28 heading into halftime.

A third-quarter trey by Johnny Wiggins gave Oak Forest a 36-31 edge. After St. Charles East tied the score at 38-38, Wiggins swished another three for the Bengals. Edward Herrera countered with a three and a layup of his own to give the Saints a 43-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Both teams found themselves tied midway through the fourth quarter at 47-47. From that point on, St. Charles East went on a 12-0 run to finish the game as Oak Forest's offense dried up.

The Saints shot 38.3 percent on field goals and 20.7 percent on three-pointers (6-29) for the game. The Bengals made 36.5 percent of their field goals and 25.0 percent of their threes. St. Charles East led the rebounding column 44-33 while also posting an 18-to-6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Jack Borri recorded 14 points for the Saints, Herrera added 11 points, and Jacob Vrankovich totaled eight points and 10 rebounds. Wiggins posted 12 points for Oak Forest.

St. Charles East will face Maine South in Wednesday's consolation semifinal at 2:00 p.m. Oak Forest will play Willowbrook in Wednesday's consolation bracket at 11:00 a.m.

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