Boys Basketball: Hillcrest turns back T.F. South
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media February 15, 2013 9:28PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 11:32PM
Hillcrest guard Kyle Oden helped his team break open a close game against T.F. South on Friday, leading the visiting Hawks to a 62-48 win in the South Suburban Blue.
Oden, a 5-foot-10 senior, scored six points during a 17-4 run in the third quarter that put the Hawks ahead 47-31.
No. 5 Hillcrest (19-6, 5-0) led T.F. South (10-14, 1-4) 30-27 at halftime.
“We turned up the energy a lot,” Oden said. “We came out kind of flat, so we knew we had to turn it up.”
The Hawks forced seven turnovers in the third quarter and allowed the Rebels only eight shots in the period.
“We played with a little bit more intensity,” Hawks coach Don Houston said. “Defensively, we were nonchalant in the first half. We gave up a lot of easy baskets.”
Oden (12 points) was one of four Hillcrest starters in double figures. Taylor Adway had 12 points, Jovan Mooring added 15, and Devin Harrison scored 14.
“That’s good balance and that will help us down the line,” Houston said. “Kyle is getting to the basket pretty well now, and he is getting the ball to the open man when people start to help out on him.”