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Hinsdale, 02/09/13--Lyons Township's Christopher O'Reilly fights for control of a rebound with Hinsdale Central's Brian Owens. Hinsdale Central High School hosted Lyons Township High School in boys basketball Saturday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Ti
With just 48 seconds having run off the clock in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Lyons’ Sam Cybulski and Hinsdale Central’s Brian Owens had to be separated. The two players had been jawing back and forth all game long, and as the final period had begun, a hard foul by Owens forced the refs to step in. Both players went back to their respective benches with scowling grins on their face, but in the end, it was the Red Devils who had the last laugh.
The dustup was in the midst of a 15-6 run by the host Red Devils, who took control of the game and secured a 56-43 victory with a strong second half performance.
Leading the way for Hinsdale Central was sophomore big man Matt Rafferty, who scored 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds. That included 10 points during the crucial stretch of the game, when the Red Devils turned what had been a three-point lead into a 12-point advantage.
“We really had to just focus on getting stops,” Red Devils coach Nick Latorre said about the deciding stretch of the game. “We got them in a little bit of four trouble defensively, and we just needed to be smarter defensively.”
Added Rafferty: “We knew we had to lock down and be tough on defense. And that’s exactly what we did. It all start on the defensive end, and then we were able to get some baskets on offense.”
The West Suburban Silver rivals were feisty all game long. Hinsdale Central (16-5, 9-1) held a four-point lead at halftime, but made it a point to feed the post more often in the second half. That led to both easy baskets and trips to the free-throw line. The Red Devils were also to get several extra possessions from the 10 offensive rebounds they collected.
“Because we had a size advantage, we knew we could go to the boards and get some easy one,” Rafferty said.
Lyons (11-13, 3-8) were led by Christopher O’Reilly and Chris Hester, who had 12 points apiece.