HINSDALE CENTRAL HOLIDAY CLASSIC
 
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HC Squared Top Ten Moments

       
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The Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic may have only been around for two years, but the first two editions have been more than memorable with its own share of facts, figures and story-lines.  Listed here are the Top 10 Moments in HC Squared history.  At the bottom of the page, you can submit your memory which will be considered in our All-Time Top Ten.
 
   
10. SCOREBOARD LIGHTERS --
The inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic saw a number of individual scoring performances that remain atop the tournament record books.  Rockford Auburn's Trayvon Tyler scored 36 points in the opening round and Crete-Monee's Jeremiah Matthews equaled that performance with 36 points of his own in the consolation semifinals two rounds later.  As the first year tournament ended another scoring barrage took place in the Fifth Place game as Tyler netted 32 points and Hinsdale Central's Peter Blust scored 27.  Not to be overlooked, Richards' Jaylan Catledge tallied 29 points in his quarterfinal game against Stevenson.
 
   
9. MOST IMPORTANT PUTBACK --
Holding for the last shot of regulation with the game tied in their semifinal contest against DePaul Prep, Marian Catholic got its headline maker from an unexpected source.  Six-foot, two-inch, junior guard, Yemi Eitulo, who had not attempted a shot the entire contest, scored on an offensive rebound putback with one second remaining; which placed the Spartans in the title game of the 2018 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.  Marian would go on to win the championship the following night.
 
   
8. IT'S HARD TO TOP JUSTIN --
From the first day of the inaugural 2015 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic, Saint Charles East's Justin Hardy became synonymous in scoring points at the HCHC.  Hardy played twelve games over three years at HC Squared an became the tournament's all-time career scoring leader  by scoring in double digits in every game he played on the Hinsdale hardwood.  The Washington University recruit ended his three years of tournament play with 233 points -- 83 points ahead of second place on the career scoring list.
 
   
7. TITLE GAME BLOCK PARTY --
The two teams playing each other in the 2018 Championship Game were familiar with each other.  Marian Catholic and Homewood-Flossmoor met earlier in the year during Thanksgiving Week and played at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic the year before in the Consolation Championship.  Familiarity with each other certainly paid dividends for the defense, as the two teams combined for an all-time record 24 blocked shots.  At the end of the first quarter, the two teams had a collective five made baskets and 11 blocked shots.  Marian defeated the Vikings 52-45 to capture their first Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic title.
 
   
6. FREE BASKETBALL --
The first day of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic was a bargain for those that were watching in the stands.  The eight games saw three go into overtime, and one of those took double overtime to decide a victor.  The extra basketball started right away with Richards defeating Hope Academy 74-67 in the first ever HC Squared game.  Four games later, DePaul College Prep beat Saint Charles East 50-47 in one extra session, and two games after that, Hinsdale Central took two additional periods to defeat Crete-Monee 66-59.  The rest of the tournament saw five games decided on the final possession.
 
 
   
5. THAT'S A LOT OF WINS --
Homewood-Flossmoor's quarterfinal victory over Rockford Auburn was not only noteworthy to see the Vikings advanced to the 2015 HCHC Final Four, but it marked the 1,000 victory in program history.  In it's 56 year basketball history, H-F won 25 regional championships and advanced to the state finals three times, finishing third in 1985 and second in 2004.  In its first two years at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic, the Vikings have won more games (6) and had more Final Four appearances (2) than any other team.
 
   
4. THE COMEBACK KIDS --
Never mind the win-loss record.  Saint Rita entered the 2017 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic with a 5-7 record and didn't seem to earn the respect that they deserved.  The Mustangs trailed in the fourth quarter in three of their four games, including the championship tilt -- where they were chasing defending HCHC champion Bolingbrook with five minutes remaining in the game.  The Mustangs outscored their four opponents 57-31 in the fourth quarter of their four HC Squared games, en route to becoming the first team to win the HC Classic after entering the tournament with a losing record.
 
 
   
3. AND THE BAND PLAYED ON AND ON AND ON --
Well there was no band present during the final quarterfinal game of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic, but the basketball went on for a long time.  In what was the fourteenth longest game in IHSA history, DePaul College Prep outlasted host Hinsdale Central 64-62 in six overtimes.  The evenly matched contest featured 21 ties and 22 lead changes.  The score was even tied at the end of the first and second quarters -- as well as the end of the fourth quarter and after each of the first five overtimes.  Hinsdale's Jack Hoiberg tied the scored at 36-36 converting on a traditional three-point play with 11 second left in regulation.  Six periods later, Matthew Tonkel tipped in the game winner.
 
   
2. PERFECTION ON THE COURT --
Going into the final day of competition, there were a number of worthy candidates for Tournament Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.  When Bolingbrook won the title 67-62 over Homewood-Flossmoor there was little doubt who the top player should be.  The Raiders' Nana Akenten had an impressive stat line in the title game with 23 points and 13 rebounds, but the most telling stat would be found on Bolingbrook's cumulative four game composite.  Akenten played 104 minutes and never made a turnover. 
 
 
   
1.  YOU CAN'T LOSE IF YOU DON'T FALL BEHIND --
Crespi Carmelite liked to be in the lead.  In their four game sweep of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic, the Celts won their opener by 26 points, but captured victory in their last three games -- each by single digit margins.  Crespi didn't have think about many comebacks, as they never trailed one second in any of their games.  In 128 minutes played over four games, Crespi led for 122 minutes and 32 seconds and saw the scored tied for five minutes and twenty-eight seconds. 
 
   
   
Now it's your turn to vote for your favorite memory. Click on the below icon to register your most memorable Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic moment and we will update the list.  
   

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