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Hyde Park runs from Kenwood

01/17/2013, 9:20pm CST
By Travis David

Up one in the second quarter, Hyde Park went on a 16-3 run midway through the period to break open its game against Kenwood and cruise to a 59-47 win Thursday.

It was a night of second chances for the Hyde Park boys basketball team Thursday night as the Thunderbirds picked up 23 second chance points in a 59-47 win over visiting Kenwood.

Just one night after a fatal shooting in the parking lot at Chicago State after a heated public school game between Simeon and Morgan Park, yet another skirmish ended this game.

Jacob Taylor was fouled hard going to the hoop by a Kenwood player and a skirmish quickly broke out. Both benches cleared as did a few students from the stands. Cooler heads quickly prevailed, but with the game in hand and just 37.5 seconds left on the clock, the game was called.

“Jacob (Taylor) was going up for a lay-up and was fouled,” Hyde Park coach Antonne Samuels said of the play. “Anytime a player gets fouled in the air it’s going to look worse than what it was.

“I think both sides kind of over-reacted a little bit, but nothing became of it.”

Samuels went on to mention that it was a mutual agreement between himself and Kenwood coach Jim Maley, since the game was all but decided.

Taylor paved the way for Hyde Park (14-6, 7-1) as the senior finished with game-high totals of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Taylor scored 15 of his points in the second half and eight of his 13 boards came on the offensive glass.

For the game, the Thunderbirds tallied 22 offensive rebounds, which led to the second chance scoring barrage.

“All of our big men really did a nice job of boxing out and grabbing rebounds tonight,” Taylor said. “It really just helped us out to get more points which were a big key in the game.”

The Thunderbirds used a 16-3 spurt midway through the second quarter to break open the game. Kenwood had closed to within 28-27 before the deciding run.

Phillip Lee (11), Marcus Smith (10) and Moshawn Thomas (9) combined for 30 points in the win. Thomas also had nine rebounds and three blocks, all coming in the first half.

Zach Clark led Kenwood with 18 points before fouling out with 2:27 to play in the game. His bucket at the rim to start the second quarter gave the Broncos their second and last lead of the game, 13-12.

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