6-4 San Jose State signee Anthony Dixon and Hyde Park (Chicago) keep on winning in the march towards the state championships in Peoria. Up next for Hyde Park is Young in Tuesday’s Chicago State Supersectional.
Hyde Park 68, Simeon 61
Special to the Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2009
Hyde Park doesn't have the postseason success that Simeon has enjoyed in recent years, but on Friday night, the Thunderbirds held off a stubborn Wolverines squad to inch closer to making some Illinois basketball history of their own. Hyde Park let a 14-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate to six with 2 minutes 8 seconds to play but got a couple of key buckets and made its free throws down the stretch to advance to Tuesday's supersectionals.
Hyde Park was ahead 52-38 with 5:02 left, but after a dunk by Simeon's Robert Robinson at 2:08 the lead was down to 56-50.
Thunderbirds' forward Anthony Dixon matched Robinson with a slam of his own with 1:42 to go... Go here for the remainder.
Top performers: Hyde Park--Dixon, 18 points (14 in the second half), 3 steals
The bonus: "It (playing better) all started at the end of the second quarter," Dixon said. "We just started playing even harder in the third quarter because we knew that, how bad we were playing in the first half, we could do even better and go up 30 if we needed to. This (win) puts Hyde Park back on the map."