Oak Park and River Forest High School junior guard Sam Lewis throws down a dunk against Glenbard West January 14. The Huskies fell to the top-ranked Hilltoppers 64-40. | Carol Dunning

The Glenbard West High School boys basketball team lived up to its No. 1 ranking on Jan. 14, using a pair of big scoring runs to breeze past Oak Park and River Forest High School 64-40 in Oak Park.

“They’re number one for a reason,” said OPRF coach Phil Gary. “They’re an extremely smart team that plays together, and if you make a mistake, they’re on it right away. You can tell they’ve been playing together for a while.”

Roscoe Cadwell provided OPRF (8-7, 2-2 in WSC-Silver) with early hope by draining a pair of three-pointers. The Huskies trailed by just four at the first-quarter mask timeout, but Glenbard West — which got a game-high 23 points from Braden Huff — exploded for a 16-0 run to end the quarter ahead 28-8.

“We went cold when they went on that stretch,” Gary said. “That really hurt us.”

Oak Park and River Forest High School junior guard Christian Marshall lays one in against Glenbard West during the Huskies’ 64-40 loss January 14. | Carol Dunning

After an even second quarter, the Hilltoppers (19-0, 4-0 in WSC-Silver) started the second half on a 12-0 run that ended any hopes for an OPRF rally. Caden Pierce scored 14 points and Bobby Durkin added 12 for Glenbard West, which also defeated host Fenwick High School on Jan. 17 by the score of 66-36.

Despite the lopsided defeat, Gary found some positive takeaways.

“There are always bright spots in every game,” Gary said. “Justin [Mullins] is playing better and moving the ball, and Sam [Lewis] is attacking a little more. Roscoe had a couple of big early threes. Our guys are learning and getting better, which is what we want to do towards the end of the season.”

Mullins finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies, who also received nine points from Lewis.

On Jan. 17 at the Hyde Park MLK Classic, OPRF, paced by Mullins’ 23 points and six rebounds, led downstate Metamora 58-56 with 9 seconds left in regulation. But the Redbirds’ Tyson Swanson tied the game with a layup, then Devin Dunn stole the subsequent inbound pass at half court and drained a three-pointer as time expired to hand the Huskies a 61-58 loss.

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