Hinsdale Central keeps getting better, knocks off Glenbard West
Hinsdale Central's boys basketball team has played pretty well the last month, but Friday night might have been the topper.
The Red Devils balanced offense was bested only by their team defense in a 54-28 West Suburban Silver victory over visiting Glenbard West.
Five players scored as Hinsdale Central (7-8, 2-2) ripped to a 19-2 first-quarter lead that forced two timeouts from the Hilltoppers (12-4, 1-4).
The Red Devils never let Glenbard West get settled. They rattled off a 9-0 second-quarter run to build a 21-point lead.
"We had a really good week of practice leading up to this game," said Red Devils senior Ryan Isaacson. "We felt prepared and just executed the game plan. We came out with energy, and that led to our win."
Isaacson, a 6-foot-8 senior, epitomized the two-way effort by the Red Devils. He led all scorers with 18 points, but he also grabbed 9 rebounds and had 6 blocked shots before being taken out of the game with the rest of the starters early in the fourth quarter.
Zach Northey, Mac Quast, Nic St. John, Connor Nelson and Luke Schiavitti each scored at least 4 points.
"They're a tough team and a physical team, and they played pretty well offensively," said Glenbard West coach Jason Opoka. "We need to get back to what we did well at the beginning of the season. That goes back to sharing the basketball and defending at a high level. Right now we're just not in sync."
Glenbard West, playing without starter Paxton Warden because of an illness, made only 6 field goals on the night. None were in the first quarter.
Caden Pierce led the Hilltoppers with 12 points.
"We've been improving," said Red Devils coach Nick Latorre. "You have a couple nights a year where you play really really well, and tonight was that kind of night. It was a good effort by our guys. We played solid defensively and we were balanced offensively."