THE SKINNY Proviso East (11-3, 3-0) rallied from a six-point deficit at halftime to beat up-and-coming Hinsdale South (11-4, 3-1) behind sophomore guard Jevon Carter in a West Suburban Gold contest in Maywood.
TURNING POINT Sophomore center Barret Benson’s putback was Hinsdale South’s only basket in the first four minutes of the second half. The Pirates chipped away at Hinsdale South’s advantage and eventually took a 36-32 lead on an 11-1 run. Proviso outscored the Hornets 26-13 in the third quarter. The Hornets committed 26 turnovers, to 10 by Proviso.
THE STAR Carter scored 24 of his career-high 31 points in the second half after shooting 3-for-15 in the first half. Carter shot 11-of-30 from the floor, 7-of-9 from the free-throw line and 2-of-9 from three-point range. He scored 15 points in the third quarter after missing nine consecutive shots in the first half. Carter’s steal and dunk with 2 minutes, 17 seconds remaining put Proviso in command with a six-point lead.
BY THE NUMBERS Senior guard Marcel Phillips scored 11 of his team-high 17 points for the Hornets in the first half, then missed all five of his shot attempts in the second half. Larry Motuzis added 14 points for Hinsdale South, whose six-game winning streak came to an end. “We couldn’t get the ball inside. We couldn’t handle their [full-court] pressure. We got fatigued,” Hornets coach Brett Moore said.
QUOTABLE “[Falling behind] goes back to our past. Now that our talent has dipped a little bit, we have to come out as a team. We’re good [now].” — Carter. VFP