HINSDALE CENTRAL HOLIDAY CLASSIC
 
HC SQUARED:  It's the Best Game in Town

Replay Review: 2016
  

       
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Four new teams entered the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic in 2016:  Bolingbrook, Glenbrook North, Marian Catholic and Saint Viator.  The 16 teams represented 15 different conferences. 

Round One for Year Two saw Lincoln Park upend Saint Charles East 62-44 in the tourney opener.  Marian Catholic and Urban Prep Englewood saw the lead change hands 12 times in the second half before the Spartans recorded a 65-54 victory.  Westinghouse dealt Maine South a 42-33 defeat leading wire-to-wire.  Rockford Auburn advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year by topping Richards 84-63.  Homewood-Flossmoor scored the gameís first 13 points and never looked back as they beat Saint Viator 55-38.  Hinsdale Central stunned Stevenson 47-42 in an opening round upset sealing the victory with six straight free throws.  And the opening round nightcap saw DePaul College Prep hold off Crete-Monee 74-69.

Saint Charles East, Maine South, Saint Viator and Stevenson all had consolation quarterfinal victories on Day Two.  Marian Catholic won another nail biter, 51-49 as Lincoln Park missed three shots in the final minute to either tie or take the lead.  Number-one seed and unbeaten Bolingbrook survived an upset bid from Westinghouse with a 53-46 victory.  The game saw nine lead changes and 16 ties before the Raiders pulled away late.  Homewood-Flossmoor made it two Final Four appearances in as many years with their 41-26 win over Rockford Auburn, as the Knights went scoreless than final seven minutes of the game.  And in a game that just would not end, DePaul College Prep outlasted Hinsdale Central 64-62 in six overtimes.  The Ramsí Matthew Tonkel had a tip-in at the end of the tenth period to decide the contest.  The marathon was the 14th longest game in IHSA history.  The Red Devilsí Jack Hoiberg scored 32 points in a losing effort.

Saint Charles East beat Maine South 50-41 and Stevenson defeated Saint Viator 57-22 to both move on to the Consolation Championship.  Westinghouse outscored Lincoln Park 34-18 in the second half in their 52-42 win to advance in fifth place bracket play.  Hinsdale Central defeated Rockford Auburn 56-51 in the other half of the fifth place bracket.

Bolingbrook secured a spot in the title contest with a 59-44 victory over Marian Catholic.  The Raiders used a 15-0 in the fourth quarter run to seal the victory as Malik Binns recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.  Homewood-Flossmoor used deja vu to advance to the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic championship game for the second straight year, in the Vikings 41-40 win against DePaul College Prep.  Jeffrey Boyd tallied 16 points for H-F.

Stevenson claimed the Consolation Championship trophy with their 56-41 victory over Saint Charles East.  After their opening round loss the Patriots won their last three games by a collective 69 points.  Corinthian Fields hit a game winning jumper with five seconds remaining to give Westinghouse a 39-37 win over Hinsdale Central in the Fifth Place game.  Marian Catholic defeated a sluggish DePaul College Prep team 57-41 to capture the Third Place trophy.  The Spartans shot 56 percent from the floor and the Rams connected on only 38 percent of their shots from the field.

Bolingbrook jumped out to an early start and held off a fourth quarter rally by Homewood-Flossmoor to win the championship game of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic by a score of 67-62.  Opening up a commanding 24-point lead in the fourth quarter, Bolingbrook withstood a strong comeback charge by the Vikings.  H-F cut the lead to four points before the Raiders ran out the clock and claimed their first HC Squared title in their first year of competition.  Tournament Most Valuable Player Nana Akenten scored a team-high 23 points in the finale and added 13 rebounds to secure a double-double.  Bolingbrook shot 56% from the floor and outscored Homewood-Flossmoor 34-20 in the paint.  For the tournament Akenten played 104 minutes and never made a turnover.

Joining Akenten on the first-team All-Tournament Team was teammate Malik Binns, Chase Adams of Marian Catholic, Justin Hardy of Saint Charles East and Justin Smith of Stevenson.
 

           

Salute to Service was the theme of Day 1 in 2016

The scoreboard showed period 10 during the
DePaul Prep-Hinsdale Central Quarterfinal

Bolingbrook won the 2016 HCHC in their
first appearance at HC Squared

Nana Akenten was the 2016
Most Valuable Player

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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