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Boys Basketball: Hillcrest overcomes errors, Westinghouse

Allen Jones Hawks drives around two Westinghouse defenders. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media

Allen Jones of the Hawks drives around two Westinghouse defenders. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 28, 2014 6:31AM



For good reason, Hillcrest coach Don Houston looked about as dejected as a coach could after a win.

His Hawks succeeded in the important statistic, outscoring their opponent and moving on to the second round of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament with a 73-66 win Thursday over Westinghouse. But it’s the way the Hawks did it that didn’t sit will with Houston.

His team committed 37 turnovers, including at least 10 in three of the four quarters.

“Whoever we play (Friday) we just have to do a better job of protecting the ball,” said Houston, whose team will play Bogan at 5:15 p.m. Friday. “Our guards are more solid than that. Maybe it’s just the atmosphere and the jitters of playing in this tournament. I told the guys ‘We can’t hang our heads. We still won the game.’ ”

The Hawks (6-4) were able to offset the turnovers several ways. George McDaniel supplied a much-needed offensive spark off the bench, finishing with a team-high 25 points, seven rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes.

McDaniel, heretofore a starter in organized basketball, appears comfortable with his sixth-man role.

“This is an adjustment for me coming off the bench but I still will give my all,” McDaniel said. “And to be honest, it really doesn’t matter as long as I can help my team.”

The Hawks were lights-out from the field, shooting 63.6 percent, including 70.6 percent in the second half.

Taylor Adway had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Hawks. Allen Jones added 12 points, while DeAngelo Isby finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds. De’Quanlis Jackson had 23 points and five steals for the Warriors (5-3), while Marlik Williams had 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

The Hawks led the entire game, including 22-9 early before the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to pull to within one in the second. The Hawks recovered to lead 36-28 at halftime and 54-42 after three.



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