TOP SCORERS: Hinsdale Central’s Matt Rafferty scored 31 points on Dec. 30 against New Trier at Proviso West. Also at Proviso West, Fenwick’s Mike Smith and St. Joseph’s Jordan Ash had 26-point games. Smith’s came against Rockford Auburn and Ash’s was against Proviso East in the quarterfinals. At Pontiac, Oak Park-River Forest’s Simmie Cobbs Jr. scored 24 points against Simeon in the semifinals.
BULL MARKET: When a role player such as senior forward Tyler Zampa scores a team-high 21 points, everything’s going right for Hinsdale South. Zampa did it in the DeKalb tournament championship game output. OPRF was third at Pontiac and Hinsdale Central won the sixth-place game at Proviso West to crack the HighSchoolCube Super 25. Fenwick cracked the Super 25 one week earlier before losing the fifth-place game at Proviso West.
BEAR MARKET: St. Joseph suffered its first two losses of the season to end the Proviso West tournament in fourth. Nazareth entered Proviso West with a 6-3 record, but went 1-2.