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Notre Dame’s Joe Mooney and Hinsdale Central’s Matt Rafferty have played on the same Chicago LockDown AAU team for the last three years. They’ve grown close as they’ve both developed into Division I prospects.
Mooney said he has never seen the 6-8 forward shoot the ball from the perimeter as well as he did in Hinsdale Central’s 74-70 victory over the Dons on Saturday night.
Rafferty went 15-of-18 from the field, and he was a perfect 5-for-5 on 3-pointers for the Red Devils (5-1). Rafferty finished with 39 points and 11 rebounds.
After the game, Mooney added that his good friend is impossible to guard when he’s shooting the ball as well as he did against the Dons (6-1).
“He’s an unbelievable player,” said Mooney, who finished with 37 points. “He plays so smart. He finishes. He gets to the ... READ MORE
Practices can get pretty intense between Hinsdale Central senior teammates George Kiernan and Matt Rafferty.
Kiernan has the scars to prove it.
During a scrimmage two summers ago with the Chicago Lockdown, 6-6 Kiernan attempted to dunk on the 6-8 Rafferty, but it didn’t go well.
“One of the teams didn’t show up so we decided to have a quick five-on-five scrimmage because college coaches were there,” Rafferty said. “[Kiernan] went up for a dunk and I might have fouled him a little bit, but I blocked him and he fell.
“He’s never backing down and is always looking to bounce back. He keeps going and that’s one of his best qualities. That’s the kind of guy he is.”
Kiernan landed on his knee and needed surgery. He wound up missing a good portion of his junior season after transferring ... READ MORE
Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team is trying to take advantage of an early season lull in which they play only three games in 20 days.
Since dropping the final game of the Hinsdale Central tournament against Stevenson on Nov. 29, the Red Devils played just one time, a 51-47 victory against Downers Grove North on Saturday.
“Overall, it was a good win against a rival and it feels great to get that first conference win after a week off,” said George Kiernan, who led Central with 16 points. “But we need to be more aggressive and work on our defense. We let a good DGN team come in here and score 47 points. We know that if we play our game, we can limit teams to less than 40 points.”
For head coach Nick Latorre, the more practices at the ... READ MORE
In bracket order. The first round will be played Dec. 22, second round on Dec. 23, quarterfinals on Dec. 26, semifinals and title game on Dec. 27.
(1) Stevenson vs. (16) New Trier/Providence-St. Mel winner, 7
(8) Maine South vs. (9) Uplift, 11 a.m.
(5) Hinsdale Central vs. (12) Proviso East, 2
(4) Kenwood vs. (13) Morton, 4
(3) St. Rita vs. (14) Homewood-Flossmoor, 8:30
(6) Rockford Auburn vs. (11) St. Viator 9:30 a.m.
(7) Fenwick vs. (10) Hillcrest, 12:30
(2) St. Joseph vs. (15) Proviso West/Phillips winner, 5:30