Boys Basketball: Hillcrest rallies past Rich South
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 21, 2014 9:10PM
Updated: February 23, 2014 6:33AM
Good things happen for Hillcrest when Taylor Adway gets the ball in the post.
Adway and DeAngelo Isby ruled the paint Tuesday night as Hillcrest overcame a six-point halftime deficit and cruised to a 53-35 win over visiting Rich South.
Adway had 25 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Isby added 16 points and nine rebounds. All 14 of Hillcrest’s second-half field goals came in the lane.
“The game starts flowing for us better when we play inside-out,” Adway said. “I feel me and (Isby), we’re the leaders on the team. We have to lead better the whole game, but we picked it up better offensively in the second half, which got our defense going.”
Did it ever.
Hillcrest (11-6) limited Rich South to 11 second-half points after the Stars took a 24-18 halftime lead. Myles McCoy paced Rich South (8-9) with 11 points, nine of those coming in the second quarter when the Stars took their lead, thanks to a 14-3 scoring outburst.
“We got lazy,” Adway said. “We came into the game thinking Rich South wasn’t that good. We underestimated them.”
Adway, a 6-foot-8 junior, responded by converting three consecutive posts moves in the third quarter. Isby followed by cleaning the glass, scoring three straight putbacks to give Hillcrest a 30-28 lead with 1:45 left in the third. The Hawks wouldn’t trail again.
“They don’t box out very well,” Isby said. “So we attacked the offensive glass, got and-ones and just played basketball.”
Denzel Kimbrough scored nine points and Jeremy Ruffin had eight for Rich South. McCoy led the team in rebounding with 10 from the guard spot.
The game got chippy as Hillcrest closed the contest with a 33-7 scoring barrage. Isby and Adaway scored all but four of those points. Allen Jones chipped in 10 for the Hawks, who have won five straight.
“At the beginning of the season we were playing for ourselves and not the program,” Adway said. “We’ve all bought in, and that’s when we started playing better. It took us getting beat pretty bad at Proviso (tournament) for us to figure it out.”