Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
By Patrick Kelly
In the span of just one quarter Friday night, what was a tight battle between West Suburban Gold foes Proviso East and Hinsdale South turned into a lopsided contest the rest of the way.
The Pirates limited Hinsdale South to just one point in the third quarter and opened up a double-digit lead while cruising to a 66-45 victory in Maywood.
Junior Keith Carter led all scorers with 21 points, including 17 in the first-half, when Proviso traded leads with the Hornets throughout the first two periods before taking a 31-30 half-time lead.
The scoring attack was more balanced in the second-half, when all five starters scored for the Pirates (6-1, 2-0), who opened the third period on a 12-0 run.
I was feeling good and got a couple of open shots, and I was trying to get my team going early, explained Carter. We were trying to get everybody involved, because once you get everybody involved, then everybody is more in tune on defense and everything, so that is what we were trying to do in the second-half.
Trashaun Carroll added eight points and grabbed 11 boards for Proviso, and Michael Nicholas hit three fourth quarter shots, including two three-pointers to finish with eight tallies. Sophomore Sterling Brown had all seven of his points in the second-half, while fellow sophomore Paris Lee added six points.
Hinsdale South was led by Brock Bensons 18 points and nine rebounds, and the junior center hit seven-of-nine shots in the first-half. Phil George had two three-pointers and totaled 13 points for the Hornets, who had a 12-7 lead in the opening stanza.
We knew those guys were going to come out here and be ready to play, they always play us tough in this gym, said Pirates coach David Chatman. If we came out lackadaisical, we knew it was going to be a long night, and that is exactly what happened.
In the second-half, the leaders stepped up and we had a couple of guys come off the bench and do a great job. Once that happens, this team has a lot of energy and I am just excited to be a part of it right now.
The Hornets (4-4, 1-2) never recovered from their shooting woes, missing 11 straight field-goals in the second-half, and they did not hit a shot for over 12 minutes. They managed just a free-throw in the third period, and also turned the ball over 11 times after the intermission.