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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. Lincoln-Way Central found its offensive groove in the middle quarters and raced past Glenbard East 77-52 in game nine of the 2022 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

The Knights improved to 3-8 while the Rams fell to 3-10 on the year.

Both teams played at a high, frenetic pace throughout. Glenbard East took an early 12-8 lead, but LWC's Jack Novak hit a three-pointer and absorbed the foul for a four-point play to tie it.

Fouls were a frequent occurrence by both teams, as they combined for 25 in the half. After a tie at 29-29, LWC started to breaking through the GBE press with regularity. LWC closed the half on an 8-2 run. Ben McLaughlin was a constant presence in the paint as he paced the Knights with 15 points in the first half of play.     

Back-to-back treys by Jack Barett helped kickstart a 15-2 LWC run that put the game out of reach at 59-39. By the end of the third quarter, the score read 62-43 in favor of the Knights.

The fourth quarter was more of the same as LWC kept the pressure up with plenty of transition points. Glenbard East got within 16 at one point, but the Knights expanded their advantage up to 27 points late in the quarter.

Lincoln-Way Central shot 46.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on three-pointers (7-21). Glenbard East was limited to 36.4 percent on field goals and 13.6 percent on threes (3-22) while committing 27 turnovers. LWC dominated the points in the paint category 44-24, as well as points off turnovers (33-14). The Knights won the rebounding battle 41-29.

LWC's McLaughlin poured in a game-high 26 points to go with three steals. Braden Meyer posted 13 points and five rebounds while Barett contributed 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The Rams were paced by Aleks Jajic with 12 points and nine rebounds. 

Lincoln-Way Central will face the winner of the Richards/Morton matchup in Wednesday's consolation semifinal at 12:30 p.m. Glenbard East will play the loser of the Richards/Morton contest in Wednesday's consolation bracket at 9:30 a.m.

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