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Glen Ellyn, 12/05/12--HInsdale South's Larry Motuzis beats Glenbard West's Max Montgomery down the floor. Glenbard West High School hosted HInsdale South High School in boys basketball Wednesday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Glenbard West showed why it’s still undefeated in a hard-fought, back-and-forth 56-53 win over Hinsdale South in Glenn Elynn on Wednesday.
The Hilltoppers (6-0) saw a lead they held the entire game disappear with 5:43 left in the fourth period when junior forward Larry Motuzis, who led the Hornets with 19 points, scored off an Antanas Riskus assist to tie the game at 46-46. Marcel Phillips then stole the Glenbard West inbound pass, drew a foul and buried two free throws. On the Hornets (2-4) next possession, Riskus passed to a cutting Evan Leake (seven points) who laid it in to give Hinsdale South a 50-46 lead.
But the Hilltoppers did not panic. 6’4 senior center Sean Jenner (six points) buried a three and sophomore guard Keith Hayes (24 points), who scored 15 points in the first half, went coast to coast for a layup after a Hornet turnover to restore a Glenbard West lead at 51-50 with 3:40 left in the game.
Jerry Stoltz (11 points) connected on two free throws on Hinsdale South’s next possession before junior guard Corey Davis (15 points) scored on a jumper in the paint off a spin move for Glenbard West. After the Hornets failed to score, Davis was fouled and connected on one of two free throws to give the Hilltoppers a 54-52 lead with 54 seconds remaining.
Hinsdale South had a chance to send the game into overtime when Stoltz was fouled driving to the basket with five seconds left on the clock. The junior swished the first free throw but the second came up short. Davis pulled down the rebound and was immediately fouled. He calmly buried two free throws to seal the game.
“It just felt like everyday in practice,” Davis said. “We shoot free throws for thirty-five minutes in practice so I felt confident I could make them.”
Hayes credited the win to the fact that his team forced 22 Hornet turnovers.
“Coach told us to turn up our defensive intensity,’’ Hayes said. ‘‘I’m happy with our defensive effort.’’
Despite the fact that his team battled back in the fourth period, Hinsdale South head coach Tanner Mitchell felt his guys made too many mistakes.
“We played hard, just careless. It’s a disappointing loss. We just played poorly on the perimeter. You can’t have 22 turnovers and expect to win a varisty game,” Tanner said.
The Hornets’ 6-foot-8 starting freshman center Barret Benson (four points, four rebounds) was also frustrated with the outcome.
“We fought back, but we couldn’t get the win,” Benson said.