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Boys Basketball Notebook: Adway plays key role in Hillcrest’s nine straight wins

Taylor Adway Hillcrest takes free throw shot against Reavis Hillcrest Tuesday December 10th 2013 Country Club Hills. | Gary Middendorf~For

Taylor Adway, of Hillcrest, takes a free throw shot against Reavis at Hillcrest, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, in Country Club Hills. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Hillcrest is one of the area’s hottest teams, having won nine straight games leading into Friday’s much-anticipated South Suburban Blue showdown against Oak Forest.

The Hawks haven’t suffered a loss since the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

“We made some changes to our lineup,” Hawks coach Don Houston said. “Some of our guys are better suited to coming off the bench and finishing the game. They provide us with a spark that way too.”

It’s also helped that the players have come to realize that having a 6-foot-8 big man such as Taylor Adway can be of huge benefit to their own game, as well as to the victory column.

When the Hawks were struggling, Adway wasn’t a consistent part of the mix. Teammates were content launching ill-advised jump shots instead of getting the ball inside to Adway.

“The guys realized how big of a factor getting the ball to Taylor is,” Houston said. “It’s opened up different avenues for them to score. Taylor can kick the ball out to the open man. The guys are really understanding that, where they weren’t before.”

Adway is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds a game. He’s received help offensively from Allen Jones, DeAngelo Isby and George McDaniel.

At 15-6, Houston is hoping the Hawks can finish strong entering the Class 3A playoffs.

“I like the way we’re playing,” Houston said. “If we can continue to play the way we’re playing, the sky is the limit with this group.”

Rich East Rolling

Up until an ugly loss Tuesday to Benet, Rich East had won 10 straight since the McDipper.

Quinton Moore, averaging 21.7 points per game, poured in 35 points during an impressive 79-74 road win Friday against Bloom.

The Rockets, however, are far from a one-man show. Don Henderson, a three-year starter, and Calvin Harrington combined to contribute 27 points to the cause Friday.

“Quinton is hard to guard,” Rich East coach George Leonard said. “He’s a complete player. The kids started to believe in the system and these are the results.”

Player of the Week

John Marotta, of Lincoln-Way West, is this week’s SouthtownStar Boys Basketball Player of the Week.

Marotta, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, registered 18 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five blocks during a win over Thornridge, and had 20 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and four blocks in a victory against Lincoln-Way North.



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