Boys Basketball: Hillcrest overpowers Bremen
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media March 5, 2014 10:10PM
Bremen's Chrisean Noble takes a shot in the paint and is fouled byh Hillcrest's DeAngelo Isby at Thornridge High School on March 5, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 7, 2014 1:20PM
When Hillcrest and Bremen met in January, the Hawks let the Braves hang around, leading by just two points at halftime before earning a 14-point win.
Wednesday night, the stakes were different — and Hillcrest wasn’t messing around.
The Hawks jumped to a 20-4 lead in the game’s first five minutes, led 50-17 at halftime and rolled to an 89-46 win in a Class 3A Thornridge Regional semifinal in Dolton.
“The last time we played them, we thought that maybe we didn’t have to play hard,” Hillcrest’s Taylor Adway said. “This time, we knew what was at stake. What we’re after is bigger than Bremen. We want to get to Peoria.”
Adway was unstoppable, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds in limited minutes to lead the Hawks (20-6). George McDaniel added 14 points and DeAngelo Isby 12 points and 11 rebounds as Hillcrest got scoring from 13 players.
Deamonta Carpenter led Bremen (11-16) with 13 points.
The win for the Hawks sets up Friday’s regional final showdown against Morgan Park. It’ll be the fourth straight postseason the two have met. Morgan Park topped Hillcrest 77-44 in a supersectional last season.
“The last time, they manhandled us,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “Hopefully, we can come out and play better Friday night.
“It’s a great rivalry. It’s a shame we have to play it so early, but we have to play them sometime.”
Wednesday night, the Hawks shot 38-of-67 from the field. When they did miss, they were usually there for a putback. Against an undersized Bremen squad, Hillcrest posted a 56-16 rebounding advantage.
“We watched film and we knew they didn’t block out very well,” Isby said. “We wanted to get hot early, because the longer you let a team hang around they’ll start to think they can win.”
Bakari Hull added eight points for Hillcrest.
Pierre Martin (9 points), Tony Weathersby (7) and Chrisean Noble (7) contributed for Bremen.