Boys Basketball: Hinsdale Central rallies past Oswego East in 2 OTKenny Battle Jr. (33) of Oswego East High School, attempts a layup over the out stretched arms of Hinsdale Central's Ian Bunting on Tuesday January 10, 2012 at Oswego East High School. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 11, 2012 2:57PM
The end was nearing for Hinsdale Central on Tuesday night at Oswego East.
The Red Devils trailed 71-65 with just 45 seconds left in overtime but rallied to force a second overtime with a three-pointer by Alec Hutcherson followed by a forced turnover and a three-point play by Tom Garvin.
Garvin opened the second overtime with a basket inside and the Red Devils would never trail again, picking up an 88-79 nonconference victory.
Garvin finished with a game-high 31 points and nine rebounds.
“To not come out with a win in an overtime game is pretty devastating,” Garvin said. “I don’t know how we came out with the win, especially on the road. It just goes to show if there’s 40 seconds left we’re playing for 40 seconds and this team can do anything.”
Like Hutcherson draining a difficult three-pointer.
“He hit a very difficult shot and we were very fortunate to get to the second overtime with that and the three-point play,” Hinsdale Central coach Nick Latorre said. “Then, things kind of fell in line for us.”
Oswego East (8-5) had pulled ahead by five points in the first overtime thanks to a couple big plays from senior Josh Hicks (11 points). His layup put the Wolves up 69-65 and then he snagged a defensive rebound and led a three-on-one break, dishing to T.J. Miller for an easy bucket and a 71-65 lead.
“(Josh Hicks) deserves all the playing time he’s getting now and he’s busting his gut. That’s what got him into the rotation,” Oswego East coach Jason Buckley said. “Unfortunately when it came down to winning time, they were stronger with the basketball and they made the extra plays and we didn’t.”
Hinsdale Central (8-4) led 61-59 in regulation, but Oswego East’s C.J. Vaughn (25 points) scored on a drive to the hoop with 49 seconds left. Brian Owens had a chance to put the Red Devils ahead but missed a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left.
“It was a really good game and probably a fun game to watch,” Latorre said. “Not really a fun one to coach though.”
The Red Devils had four players score in double figures. Besides Garvin’s big outburst, Brad Anlauf had 16 points — including a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line in the second half — freshman Matt Rafferty contributed 14 points and Owens chipped in with 10.
Oswego East’s Nick Marema (14 points) had a pair of buzzer beaters in the first half. His putback on a teammate’s air ball at the end of the first quarter pulled the Wolves to within 17-11. Marema was back at it to close out the second quarter. Kalmon Stokes (14 points, eight rebounds) made his first free throw attempt with 3.7 seconds left in the half and then missed his second attempt. Fortunately, Marema was there to snag the rebound and bank it in to give the Wolves a 32-26 advantage at halftime.
The Red Devils did a much better job defensively on Marema in the second half. Marema put the Wolves ahead 37-33 on a three-pointer with 5:50 left in the third quarter but didn’t score again.
“We didn’t execute defensively early and then we executed how we were supposed to later,” Latorre said. “We knew he could shoot the ball and do some nice things, but we started to make sure we were on him and executed better.”
Turnovers plagued Hinsdale Central in the second quarter. They surrendered 21 points and nearly had as many turnovers (eight) as points scored (nine). The Red Devils enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 17-9 on a three-pointer from Rafferty in the final minute of the opening quarter, but the Wolves closed the first half on a 17-3 run. Still, it wouldn’t be enough.
“It’s incredibly disappointing.” Buckley said. “There are not many games during the year that you just flat out lose. We somehow did that, but that said, Hinsdale Central found a way to win and deserves all the credit.”