Boys Basketball: Brad Anlauf leads Red Devils past rival Hornets
Updated: November 22, 2011 10:41PM
Slow starts out of the locker room doomed Hinsdale South’s chances against Hinsdale Central in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
After South scored the game’s opening basket, Central scored thez next 14 points. Central also scored the first seven points in the second half.
Senior Brad Anlauf, who was Hinsdale Central’s leading receiver for the football team in the fall, scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as Central won 61-57 in the opening round of the Hinsdale South Thanksgiving tournament.
Central won for the first time in the second annual tournament after losing all three of its contests last year.
“We wanted to come out and jump on their guys right away,” Anlauf said.
The Devils were coming off a five-win season last year, but looked sharp, making their first four three-pointers in the game, all of them during the 14-0 run. Alec Hutcherson (14 points) made four of Hinsdale Central’s six three-pointers in the first half.
“We didn’t talk about last season,” Anlauf said. “We’re looking at this season as a whole new slate.”
South made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, but could only get within four points after trailing by 17 in the game. Guards Phil George and Jerry Stoltz scored 15 points each while center Brock Benson (eight rebounds) had 13 points.
“You can’t get off to slow starts against good teams,” South coach Vince Doran said. “Hinsdale Central has a nice team. They took it straight to us in the first half. Unfortunately, we dug ourselves a hole. Give Hinsdale Central some credit, they stepped up.”
Central led 58-50 with 1:19 remaining until South threatened with four consecutive points. Peter Thaus’ fastbreak layup with 41 seconds gave the Devils an extra 60-54 cushion.
“They executed our offense very well,” Central coach Nick Latorre said. “Later, they maintained their composure. Brad had a big rebound for us down the stretch. Overall, we did some good things.”