Boys Basketball: Hillcrest polishes off T.F. North
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 4, 2014 10:20PM
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:49AM
As Taylor Adway’s gotten late into his junior season, Hillcrest coach Don Houston has had a message for the 6-foot-8 standout.
“He’s been playing good basketball, but I’ve been telling him, ‘It’s time to start playing like a man, not a boy. It’s time to pick it up and take your game to the next level,’ ” Houston said.
No one could accuse Adway of not playing like a man Tuesday night. He was the dominant inside force Houston wants him to be on both ends, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks as the Hawks rolled to an 83-51 South Suburban Blue win over T.F. North in Country Club Hills.
“(Houston) wants me to be more aggressive,” Adway said. “He wants me to play to my potential. He wants me to run the court and just finish. I felt like I did that (Tuesday).”
While Adway controlled the paint, George McDaniel had the hot hand from the perimeter, posting a game-high 19 points. Almari Daniels and Stephon King each added 12 points off the bench for the Hawks (14-6, 9-1) who won for the ninth straight time.
Vance Johnson (5 rebounds) scored 15 points and Jalen Tribble 12 for T.F. North (8-11, 5-5).
The Meteors came out looking to force the tempo, pressing the Hawks. That seemed to play into Hillcrest’s hands as the Hawks jumped to a 21-12 lead after one.
“We look forward to playing against the press,” McDaniel said. “We know we just have to slow down, control ourselves, and we have guards that can take care of the ball.”
With T.F. North trying to stay within striking distance late in the first half, McDaniel got hot, burying three three-pointers over the final 50 seconds of the half, including one at the buzzer that sent the Hawks into the locker room with a 42-22 lead.
With Adway limiting the Meteors’ looks inside, a comeback wasn’t in the cards.
“When you see that fire in (Adway’s) eyes and he’s playing strong, I can tell when the other team gets intimidated. He can tell, too,” Houston said.
Allen Jones had seven points for the Hawks, who shot 29-of-52 from the field. Sadiq Salisu finished with 11 points for the Meteors (20-of-52).