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Shot at outright conference title dashed, York boys on rebound

York's Stanley Roberts fends off Hinsdale Central's Grant Lillard during Tuesday's road game. The Dukes lost a close one, 50-47, as Central pulled even in the conference race.
York's Stanley Roberts fends off Hinsdale Central's Grant Lillard during Tuesday's road game. The Dukes lost a close one, 50-47, as Central pulled even in the conference race.

HINSDALE – Charlie Rose didn’t need a film session to pinpoint one of the big hurdles York’s basketball team had to overcome Tuesday.

“We came out with a lot of energy, but we just didn’t make shots in the first half,” the York senior said. “They jumped out on us and we were just fighting back the whole way.”

Despite trailing the whole way after the slow start, the Dukes had a chance to win the game against Hinsdale Central. A 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark as York lost 50-47 to the Red Devils.

The loss was the Dukes’ first in West Suburban Silver play and dropped their conference record to 10-1. Central improved to 10-1 in the league and likely ended York’s chances of winning an outright conference title. The conference crown, or at least a share of it, will be on the line when York plays on the road against Oak Park-River Forest at 7:30 p.m. today.

“Hopefully this isn’t going to have too much effect on us,” Rose said of the loss. “We have to bounce back [today] and hopefully get the ‘W’ and then make a run in the playoffs. This is a tough one and it’s going to hurt for a couple days, but we need to bounce back and then we’ll be all right.”

Recovering from a loss isn’t something York (23-3) has had to deal with much this season, but the one-game-at-a-time approach the Dukes have employed all season will help.

“The secret is letting this go right now and not every worrying about it, bouncing back in practice and getting ready for [tonight],” Rose said.

York never led against the Red Devils, but they were never completely out of it, either. Despite shooting just 7-of-18 in the first half, including 3-of-10 in the first quarter, the Dukes were down just 9-8 after a quarter and 21-18 at halftime.

“It sure seemed like there was a lid on the rim in the first half for us, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” York head coach Vince Doran said. “To be honest, I thought maybe we should have been down 10 or more at halftime. We did a good job defensively, but we just didn’t make shots offensively.”

Central started the second half with an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 11 points, and York trailed 38-27 heading to the fourth quarter.

Frank Toohey’s turnaround jumper started a 7-0 York run, capped by four straight points by Jayvon Thomas, as the Dukes cut it to 47-45 with 1:42 to play. Toohey’s layup with 12 seconds remaining made it a 48-47 contest, but Central’s Chase Hamilton sank a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds to go.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Doran said. “We have a huge game at Oak Park, and the bottom line is the conference is still at stake. If we win, we at least have a share of it.”


Hinsdale Central 50, York 47

York leaders

• Charlie Rose: 12 points, seven rebounds
• Frank Toohey: 11 points, seven rebounds
• Jayvon Thomas: 10 points

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