Boys Basketball: Devin Foster powers Curie past Hyde ParkCurie's Cliff Alexander throws down against Hyde Park. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Updated: December 13, 2011 9:39PM
Curie guard Devin Foster doesn’t have the club basketball notoriety or general reputation that many top-tier city players do, but so far in this young season he’s emerging as the leader and key player on one of the state’s best teams.
Foster scored 23 points in the visiting Condors’ 65-61 win over Hyde Park on Tuesday. He stepped up and scored five points in a crucial 50 second period just after Hyde Park had taken the lead.
“I like how Devin plays,” Hyde Park’s Kyle Davis said. “Everytime he steps on the court he just makes me want to play harder.”
Davis’ steal and layup had given the Thunderbirds a 53-52 lead with 3:54 to play. Foster responded with a rebound and basket, then Malcolm Hill-Bey drove through traffic for a layup on Curie’s next possession. A Hyde Park turnover then led to a three from Foster, putting the Condors ahead 59-53.
Hyde Park was able to cut the lead to 63-61 after a basket from Marcus Smith with 50 seconds to play, but Curie made 2 of 6 free throws after that good enough to seal the win.
The Thunderbirds missed four free throws in the fourth quarter and shot just 5-for-11 from the line in the second half.
“I’m not gonna say we are streaky free throw shooting team,” Davis said. “But I guess there was just too much pressure on us today.”
Hill-Bey scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Thomas Smith added nine points for Curie (5-0, 1-0 Red Central) and 6-9 sophomore Cliff Alexander contributed four points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
Davis led Hyde Park with 22 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Moshawn Thomas added eight points and six blocks for the Thunderbirds (2-2, 0-1 Red Central).