With Hinsdale South’s size and brawn, Sandburg was overmatched in the Hinsdale Central Thanksgiving tournament Friday night.

Barret Benson, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds as Hinsdale South pulled away from the Eagles for a 56-40 victory.

Hinsdale South’s win and De La Salle’s loss on Friday gave the Hornets the tiebreaker for first place in the Hinsdale Central portion of the Hinsdale-Glenbard tournament. South advanced to the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Glenbard East against the winner of the Glenbard West portion of the tournament.

“I’m very much happy where we are at so far,” first-year Hinsdale South coach Brett Moore said. “Defensively, we are light years beyond where these guys were last year. A lot of it is because our returnees are a year older.”

Benson wasn’t Hinsdale South’s leading scorer, but owned the inside against Sandurg (1-2), which was missing 6-7 junior T.J. Vorva because of a high ankle sprain. Vorva is expected to miss another week, according to coach Todd Allen.

Alec Martinez and Niko Kogionis led Sandburg with nine points each.

Hinsdale South (2-1) led 25-16 at halftime and didn’t come close to losing the lead in the second half. Orlando Brown, a 6-5 senior, also caused trouble for Sandburg inside with six points and six rebounds.

Guard Larry Motuzis led the Hornets with 14 points and added seven rebounds. Hinsdale South outrebounded Sandburg 13-4 in the first quarter and finished with a 41-19 advantage on the boards.

“That’s been our tale in the last two games,” Allen said. “We have not shot the ball very well. Hinsdale South played well and they have physical players.”