Boys Basketball: Hillcrest turns back Bremen
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 30, 2014 9:02PM
Updated: January 30, 2014 10:36PM
Hillcrest’s Taylor Adway took the court Thursday night with an extreme height advantage.
Playing against an undersized Bremen team that started no one taller than 6-foot-1, the 6-8 junior looked to capitalize.
He didn’t. Adway was whistled for three fouls in the first quarter and spent the rest of the half on the bench.
“I want to be on the court to help my team as much as possible,” Adway said. “I was frustrated with the fouls, but it was my fault. Especially against smaller opponents, I’ve got to learn not to drop my shoulder when I spin.”
With the first-half foul trouble in the rear-view mirror, Adway and the Hawks went to work in the second half, blowing open a two-point game on the way to a 65-51 South Suburban Blue win at Bremen.
Adway scored 10 of his 18 points in the third period to lead Hillcrest (13-6, 8-1). DeAngelo Isby (15 points), Bakari Hull (11) and Allen Jones (10) also contributed.
Deon Jackson (15 points) and Deamonta Carpenter (10) led Bremen (5-12, 1-7).
Back on the court for the third and with the Hawks ahead 24-22, Adway scored just nine seconds into the half, snaring a rebound and putting it back in for the score. After a Jones pull-up jumper, Adway scored again, drawing contact and hitting the free throw for a three-point play.
“With the huge size difference, I knew I had to dominate,” Adway said.
The three-point play gave Hillcrest a 31-22 lead. The Hawks closed the quarter on a 12-2 spurt, Hull’s three-point play with 22 seconds left extending the lead to 45-30. Hillcrest outscored Bremen 21-8 in the quarter.
“Lately we’ve been going into the half down so we give them the same speech,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “We’ve just got to have better mental preparations for games.”
A fired-up Bremen squad led by as many as seven points in the second quarter, ultimately going into halftime trailing 24-22.
“Give Bremen credit because they’re a scrappy team,” Houston said. “A lot of their games, they’ve been in it. They’ve been in ballgames with a lot of people, and they outworked us early.”