Boys Basketball: Hill an early riser for H-F against Westinghouse
By George M. Wilcox For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2012 10:58PM
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:23AM
Maurius Hill came ready to play for Homewood-Flossmoor in the first game of the day Thursday at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.
It took the rest of Hill’s teammates a little longer to get in the flow for the 9 a.m. game in the second round of the championship bracket. Hill scored 12 of his career-high 29 points in the third quarter to lead the Vikings to a 63-50 victory over Westinghouse.
Hill scored 13 points in the first half, but H-F led just 31-29 at the break against the upstart Warriors (8-3), who led by four points to end the first quarter.
H-F (10-0) missed its first four shots to begin the game, but then fed off Hill. He scored his team’s first basket to start a 10-2 run.
The slow start was perhaps expected for the Vikings, who reported to school around 6 a.m. for a shootaround and took a 40-minute bus ride to Hillside.
“You have to give credit to Westinghouse,” H-F coach James McLaughlin said. “They played hard. In the second half, we came out of the game quicker.”
Hill, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior, dominated midway through the game. He scored the last two baskets of the first half and scored the next four baskets in the second half for the Vikings, who will play Oswego in the quarterfinals at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
Hill’s three consecutive layups in the third quarter gave H-F a 39-31 lead. His final basket of the third quarter was a two-handed dunk that gave the Vikings a 49-39 lead. He finished 13-of-19 from the field.
“It was our first 9 a.m. start. We are not used to this,” Hill said. “We came out for the game, but we were sluggish. It was a big relief. I think the more we played, the more we got to run with our press.”
Lamar Wofford-Humphrey had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Vikings.
The Warriors were led by Dewan White’s 21 points and eight rebounds.
No. 1 Morgan Park 61, Proviso West 45: Kyle Davis had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists to propel Morgan Park (11-1) in the Bracket B quarterfinal.
No. 7 Hillcrest 53, Glenbrook North 48: Allen Jones scored 17 points for Hillcrest (8-4) in the Bracket B consolation quarterfinal.
Foreman 64, T.F. South 62: Kenny Doss had 37 points and eight rebounds in pacing T.F. South (5-7) in the Bracket A consolation quarterfinal. Jalen Austin added 16 points.