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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.  SALUTE TO SERVICE  --
Throughout the first day of the opening round of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic recognized retired and active duty servicemen in their "Salute to Service".  Two veterans of World War II, a 50-year graduate of Hinsdale Central and many others presented game balls before each game.  The floor officials donned camouflage shirts, as did the participating coaches and tournament workers.  
 
   
9. ANOTHER TITLE FOR A FIRST-TIMER --
It was academic that the winner of the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic in 2015 would do so in their first HCHC appearance, but Bolingbrook did the same feat by winning their 2016 championship in their first appearance on the Hinsdale hardwood.  Crespi, who participated only in the first year, now has company with Bolingbrook, who both compiled perfect 4-0 records.  The Raiders lived up to their number one seeding and unbeaten record by winning their last three games in exciting fashion -- as did Crespi the year before.  After opening round victories, Crespi won three single-digit games by 9, 8 and 9 points margins -- as did Bolingbrook, who had one 7-point and two 5-point victories in their last three games.
 
   
8. BACK TO BACK FINALIST --
Twenty different schools played in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic over the first two years, but only one of them made it to the Final Four in both years -- and that was Homewood-Flossmoor.  The Vikings advanced to the title game in both 2015 and 2016 and fell short to a team that would later participate in the state finals.  In 2015, H-F lost to the defending California state champions, who would not only win a title at Hinsdale but went back to Sacramento to win their second consecutive title later that season.  Homewood-Flossmoor was back in the title game in 2016 but  again came up short against tourney champ Bolingbrook.  The Raiders would go on to finish third in the Illinois state finals later that season.
 
   
7. QUARTERFINAL FEVER --
The first two quarterfinal games in the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic built an electric atmosphere in the legendary Hinsdale Central Gymnasium with two down to the wire contests to cap a memorable quarterfinal round.  Marian Catholic held off Lincoln Park 51-49 in Game One as the Lions used three timeouts and missed three shots to either tie or take the lead in the final minute.  In the next game, undefeated and number-one seed Bolingbrook outlasted Westinghouse 53-46 in a game that saw nine lead changes and 16 ties.  After trailing 43-41 with 3:30 remaining in the fourth, the Raiders went on 12-3 run to close off the game and advance to the semifinals.  in the last two quarterfinals, Homewood-Flossmoor won their game in ordinary fashion before DePaul College Prep and Hinsdale Central played on into the wee hours of the night.
 
   
6. 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.
 
 
   
5. 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.
 
   
4. 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 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.
 
 
   
3. AND THE BAND PLAYED ON A 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. 
 
   
   
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