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Boys Basketball: Streak talk: Hillcrest not feeling any pressure

Tyler Adway Hillcrest takes free throw against Reavis. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Tyler Adway, of Hillcrest, takes a free throw against Reavis. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 14, 2014 11:35AM

If there’s any additional pressure to extend Hillcrest’s 25-year conference winning streak, center Tyler Adway insists the team isn’t feeling it.

“It’s no pressure at all,” said Adway, a 6-foot-8 junior. “It’s something we don’t pay attention to. We have to be concerned with listening to the coaches and executing the game plan.”

Adway said he’s heard how the Hawks, off to an uncustomary 3-3 record, aren’t quite as feared as seasons past and that it could lead to the conference championship streak being in jeopardy.

“Right now, people are saying we’re going to lose (South Suburban Blue) conference,” Adway said. “Years past, they were always saying conference is over before it even started because Hillcrest was going to win it. I think that’s pressure when you’re supposed to win it.

“People are saying we’re not going to win conference. OK. So there’s no pressure if you’re not supposed to win. But I will say that we’re not planning on letting that streak go — not as long as I’m here.”

Bengals pride

Oak Forest is bringing back some familiar faces Friday to honor its girls and boys basketball programs. At halftime of the girls varsity game vs. Shepard that tips off at 5:30 p.m., girls basketball alums Tami Sender, Mary Martello-Brown, Nora Hogueisson and Jenny Swanson will be honored.

Prior to the boys game, also vs. Shepard, Oak Forest will honor its 1987 team that finished 28-3 and advanced to the Class AA state quarterfinals. At halftime, boys hoops alums Peter Brennan, Larry Gorman, Wayne Johnson and John Koschnitzky will be honored.

All alumni are invited to a pregame social at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the school’s IMC.

Sunday hoops at Thornton

If your hoops fix isn’t satisfied by Friday’s and Saturday’s local schedule, Thornton is hosting a shootout Sunday, beginning with an 11 a.m. tip between Brooks and Thornridge. That will be followed by Robeson vs. T.F. South (12:30 p.m.), Carver vs. Bloom (2 p.m.), Clemente vs. Crete-Monee (3:30 p.m.), Hyde Park vs. Rich Central (5 p.m.), and Hillcrest vs. Thornton (6:30 p.m.).

Player of the Week

Dominique Matthews, of St. Rita, is this week’s SouthtownStar Boys Basketball Player of the Week.

Matthews, a 6-foot-2 senior, averaged 36.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in helping the Mustangs split their first two games of the season, against Curie and Gonzaga (D.C.).

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