A Nick Kosich 3-pointer, an Erik Cohn dunk ... Nate Lyons taking a charge.
Good luck isolating one key play from York's 60-55 West Suburban Silver win over Hinsdale Central.
Saturday's boys basketball game in Elmhurst saw its share of roller-coaster moments in the fourth quarter, but Cohn's dunk with 1:36 left gave the Dukes the lead for good. They outscored the Red Devils 10-2 in the final two minutes after trailing by 4 points with three minutes to play.
"It's always tough against them," Kosich said. "We just did what we had to do. We stayed poised, made stops, played tough. This late in the season it's a lot of grind-out games."
Hinsdale Central (7-15, 3-6) surrendered the game's first 8 points -- York's Angelo Martucci scored 8 of his 9 points in the first quarter -- and the Red Devils trailed 27-19 early in the third quarter. They flipped a switch at that point, using an 11-0 run to build a 30-27 lead. Kosich knocked down the second of his five 3-pointers at the buzzer to put York (16-8, 6-3) back on top 39-36 heading to the fourth.
After Cohn's late-game dunk the Red Devils had a chance to reclaim the lead, but Lyons drew a charge to give the ball back to York with 37 seconds left. Kosich and Cohn made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the win.
Hinsdale Central missed 4 of 7 free throws in the final 2:32.
"When you're playing a good team on the road, you just absolutely cannot have defensive lapses in the fourth quarter of a close game," said Red Devils coach Nick Latorre. "And we did. I thought that was the difference in the game."
Kosich, who finished with 18 points, and Cohn, who tallied 13 points, combined for 16 of York's 21 fourth-quarter points. Sam Walsh added 12 points before fouling out.
Matt Guglielmo hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points for Hinsdale Central. Danell Nicholson sparked the Red Devils with 10 points off the bench.
"Games like this make you ready for playoff basketball," said York coach Vince Doran. "One play here or there and this is a different story. Fortunately our kids stepped up and made one more play."
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