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Hinsdale, IL - Tuesday, February 12, 2013: Hinsdale Central's Alec Hutcherson (20) runs a fast break vs York's Stanley Roberts (25) and David Cohn (5). | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
No. 21 York’s two games against Hinsdale Central this season proved to be frustrating experiences for the Dukes’ offense.
York could never find a solution to the Red Devils’ man-to-man defense. On Tuesday night, Hinsdale Central clinched its first West Suburban Silver title since 2000 with a 54-39 victory over the visiting Dukes.
Colorado State-bound guard David Cohn of York was limited to seven points on 3 of 15 shooting and didn’t score in the second half.
Cohn scored six points on 1 of 13 shooting in a 53-46 loss in the teams’ first meeting on Dec. 15.
In the rematch, senior Jared Eck drew the defensive assignment against Cohn, who missed all five of his shot attempts after the half.
“I told Jared — actually I told all the guys, ‘Defense was going to be the key tonight,’ ” said third-year Devils coach Nick Latorre. “It was a team effort. There’s no question. Everyone contributed.”
Brian Owens led the Devils with 17 points, while leading scorer Matt Rafferty contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Eight of Rafferty’s points came in the first quarter.
York (19-6, 8-3) only scored 13 points in the first half after shooting 5-for-22 from the field. In the first game, the Devils limited York to 17 points in the first half.
“We have worked our butts off over the summer and during the season,” Owens said. “None of this came by luck.’’
Hinsdale Central (17-5, 10-1) won its 11th consecutive game and hasn’t suffered a loss since a 61-59 defeat to Hillcrest on a three-point buzzer-beater at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. The Devils ended York’s four-game winning streak.
In the third quarter, Owens threw a bullet full-court pass to Ian Bunting, who scored on a layup and was fouled to give Hinsdale Central a 29-15 lead.
The play came straight out of a football playbook during the fall when Owens, the team’s starting quarterback, connected with Bunting, one of his favorite receiving targets.
The Dukes went more than five minutes without a basket to begin the third quarter and trailed 35-21 after three periods. Frank Toohey led York with eight points and six rebounds.
“We had a tough time shooting tonight,” York coach Vince Doran said. “You have to give Hinsdale Central credit. They played really well defensively. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes sometimes. We couldn’t hit [shots].”
The Devils have won only 18 conference titles since 1924 and will likely meet No. 5 Proviso East (19-3) in the West Suburban Crossover title game on Feb. 20.