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Benet boys, girls hoops off to hot starts

LISLE – Benet’s boys basketball team started the season strong and continued that trend over the weekend.

After winning four games by double digits at the Hoops for Healing Tournament during the Thanksgiving weekend, the Redwings took on Redondo Union High School (Calif.) and won 55-46 Saturday. The game took place at the UIC Pavilion as part of the Chicago Elite Classic.

The Redwings improved to 5-0 on the year by overcoming a 21-19 halftime deficit and riding a strong second half to victory.

Liam Nelligan knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter to break a 35-35 tie. On Benet’s next possession, Josh Yesufu hit a basket to push the Redwings’ lead to five as the team went on a 20-11 run to close out the game.

Benet hosted its first home game of the season on Tuesday against Plainfield North. The team will hit the road again Saturday to play against Fenwick at St. Viator as part of the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic League Challenge. The Redwings will participate in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament but won’t play at home again until a Jan. 7, 2014, meeting with Larkin.

At the start of the season, the Redwings won all four Hoops for Healing games by double digits, defeating Naperville North, Oswego East and Neuqua Valley to set up a title tilt with Naperville Central.

It was all Benet during the championship game, as four Redwings scored in double figures and three had at least 15 points in a 71-47 win.

Center Sean O’Mara led the way, recording a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds. Nelligan added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Colin Bonnett had 15 points and Yesufu tallied 11 points.

Benet girls basketball

Emily Eshoo’s 29 points led a potent Benet attack as the Redwings defeated Hinsdale Central 65-55 on Saturday.

Eshoo hit three 3-pointers and swiped a trio of steals to help Benet jump out to a 30-25 halftime lead. The Redwings started the second quarter going 7-of-8 from the field to push their advantage to 47-33.

Benet will now enjoy an extended home stand. The Redwings hosted Plainfield North Tuesday before starting play in the Benet/Naperville North Tournament that runs through Dec. 21. In the middle of the tourney run, Benet will host powerhouse Fenwick at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

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