HINSDALE – Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team enjoyed one end of the spectrum of emotions one night, then shifted to the other end the next day.
The defending West Suburban Silver conference champion Red Devils posted an emphatic 59-35 victory over Downers Grove North on Dec. 6 before dropping a tightly contested game to York the next night. The Dukes were last season’s runner-up in the conference.
Junior forward Matt Rafferty was held to his lowest point total of the season during the rout over Downers Grove north, but the 6-foot-7 forward bounced back nicely, netting 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 34-30 loss to York. Points were at a premium in the match featuring the reigning top two teams in the conference. Neither squad could pull away in the second half, as Central shot 27 percent from the field while York connected on 31 percent of its shots.
Rafferty gave the Red Devils a chance to win in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer to put Central up 30-29 with under two minutes left. But York knocked down a pair of free throws moments later retake the lead and secure the victory for the Dukes.
The Red Devils’ low post could receive a boost in the near future, as 6-foot-7-inch Nazareth transfer George Kiernan has began working out with the team.
Kiernan – a junior who attended Hinsdale Middle School before going to Nazareth for two years – sustained a knee injury in the summer but is now running and shooting with the team.
Hinsdale Central has two more tough test on back-to-back nights this weekend against Oak Park-River Forest on Friday and Naperville Central on Saturday.
Who: Hinsdale Central at Oak Park-River Forest
What: West Suburban Silver conference game
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park
Who: Naperville Central at Hinsdale Central
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: 5500 S. Grant St., Hinsdale