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Hyde Park prevails, but loses Thomas

12/18/2012, 9:15pm CST
By Clyde Travis

Hyde Park 6-foot-8 center Moshawn Thomas suffered a right knee injury on an alley-oop attempt two minutes into the game and did not return, but the Thunderbirds still managed a 68-60 Red-West win against host Harper.

The remainder of Hyde Park's season may be in jeopardy after 6-foot-8 center Moshawn Thomas suffered a right knee injury attempting an alley-oop two minutes into the game.

Thomas, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, was helped off the floor and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in an ambulance.

The Thunderbird players seemed to lose their focus for majority of the game, but managed to pull out a 68-60 victory against host Harper in the Red-Central.

"It took a lot out of us seeing the big fella go down," Hyde Park coach Antonne Samuels said.  "After we settled down they were able to focus more. Marcus Smith carried us offensively and Cashel Dixon did a great job off the bench."

The game was tied 34-34 all midway through the third quarter before Hyde Park (8-4, 2-1) closed out the frame with 13-5 run to take a 47-39 lead. The run was capped by two Smith baskets.

Harper closed the margin to 52-47, but a layup and a three-point play by Philip Lee pushed the lead to 57-47 with 2:01 remaining in the game.
 
Smith led all scorers with 21 points for Hyde Park, Dixon and Tory Mason added 10 apiece, and Lee finished with nine. 
 
Cornell Williams paced the Cardinals (5-3, 1-2) with 17 points, while Devon Robinson had 14 and Josh Myers 11.  

Harper coach Charlie Sales said the turnovers were a big part in their loss.  "If we take care of the ball, we get a victory.  We didn't and we lost."

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