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It was a back and forth game to the very end with both teams struggling to get anything offensively started.
However, in the 11th Annual Holiday Classic, tournament host Glenbard West (7-2) managed to find a way to take down a pesky Fenton team (2-8) 49-37.
The Hilltoppers fell behind early in the first quarter with Fenton’s defense causing Glenbard West to force erratic passes to surge the Bison’s to a first quarter 10-6 lead.
After a sluggish start to the game, everything changed in the second quarter for Glenbard West with senior guard Dikiria Washington catching fire.
Washington scored eight points to aid his team to a slim lead at half-time 21-20. He would eventually finish the game with a team-high 20 points.
Despite leading at the half, the Hilltoppers had trouble separating themselves from Fenton in the third quarter.
Bison guard DeMarcus Stone helped chip away at Glenbard West’s lead 34-28 with his four points in the quarter. Stone led his team in scoring with 11.
The Hilltoppers came out hot in the fourth quarter thanks to the play of Washington and guard Corey Davis.
The dynamic tandem dominated in the fourth quarter while scoring 12 of their teams final 13 points.
Davis’s 12 points for the game and Washington’s eight points in the final quarter were too much for Fenton to handle as the Hilltoppers were finally able to pull away in the closing minutes of the game.
Glendbard West had a significant size advantage over Fenton and it showed throughout the game.
The Hilltoppers dominated the glass with 17 rebounds compared to Bison’s 11.
However, the obvious height advantage for Glenbard West did not seem to rattle Fenton’s tenacity according to Hilltoppers head-coach, Tim Hoder, “They played hard and made some shots. They played opportunistically tonight.”
Coach Hoder was extremely proud of his team’s effort and for never hanging their heads during the game.
“These kids grinded out tonight. Much of it has to be credited the play of Davis and Washington.”
Glenbard West will take on Willowbrook Friday night.