The script for Downers Grove South's resounding 47-29 victory over Hinsdale South at the Class AA Lemont regional was written in the film room.
The Mustangs spent the week pouring over tape of both earlier meetings between the West Suburban Gold rivals, which each team easily captured on the others' home court.
The finished product Tuesday night for the Mustangs (20-6) was Oscar-worthy, especially on the defensive end where they held Hinsdale South (17-11) to six field goals for the game, including only one basket combined in the second and third quarters.
"We watched a ton of film from both games and knew exactly what they were going to do on offense," said Downers South senior Brendan Mullins, who had a game-high 19 points. "The pounding they gave us at our place two weeks ago was still fresh in our minds, so we really wanted this one."
Junior forward Bobby Dreveny's 10 points off the bench added scoring punch for Downers South, but the defensive stalwarts were the real stars of the game. The efforts of junior Trey Bowens on the Hornets' high-scoring guard Britt Taylor (team-high nine points) and center Sam Carson down low on Hinsdale center Brian Reid (two points) were what really satisfied coach Paul Runyon.
"That's the best defensive performance we've had this year and maybe the best a Downers Grove South team has played defensively in a long time," Runyon said.
Hinsdale South's drought helped give Downers South a 30-20 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. John Rimmer's two free throws cut Downers Grove's lead to 32-24 with 6 minutes, 28 seconds left in the game, but that was the closest the Hornets got. The loss snapped Hinsdale South's 10-game winning streak.
In other Class AA regionals:
At West Aurora: Dameon Mason scored 22 points as the top-ranked host Blackhawks (24-2) crushed Oswego 82-44. Mark Gant had 14 points for Oswego (12-14), which hung in for a 19-19 tie before West used a 20-0 run to close out the first half.
At St. Ignatius: Lorenzo Thompson had 23 points and 15 rebounds as No. 2 Crane (26-0) eliminated De La Salle 76-58. Thompson and Carl Marshall (15 points) each scored seven points in a game-opening 17-2 spurt. Tremel Gilot added 15 points for Crane, which played most of the game without Florentino Valencia, who was hampered by a groin pull.
At Kankakee: Maurice Acker and Jerel McNeal each scored 19 points as No. 3 Hillcrest (26-1) defeated Bradley-Bourbonnais 79-52.
At Proviso East: Shannon Brown scored 24 points as No. 4 Proviso East (23-3) romped past Nazareth 79-37.
At Thornwood: Eric Gray had 22 points to help No. 5 Thornwood (21-5) defeat Carver 62-40.
At Fenwick: Jason Okrzesik hit four three-pointers and scored 16 points to help the host and No. 6 Friars (21-4) overwhelm Austin 81-43 and give coach John Quinn his 300th career win.
At Bloom: No. 7 Bloom (24-4) edged Crete-Monee 70-63.
At Rich Central: Cyrus Tate poured in 20 points as No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor (20-7) defeated Rich East 78-47.
At Argo: Anthony Lewis netted 18 points for No. 10 Curie (23-6) in a 87-48 rout of Gage Park.
At St. Patrick: Marc Hartman's 14 points led four players in double figures as No. 13 St. Patrick (23-3) eased past Steinmetz 53-34.
At Niles West: Jimmy Thengil led all scorers with 26 points as the host and No. 14 Wolves (21-5) pounded Senn 76-44.
At Leyden: Darrell Rice's 19 points led No. 16 Evanston (17-7) to a 75-24 rout of Ridgewood.
At Eisenhower: No. 17 Eisenhower (22-4) topped Fenger 52-29 as Chris Hobson scored 17 points.
At Neuqua Valley: Bobby Catchings scored 18 points as No. 18 Neuqua Valley (23-4) notched a 84-52 win over Bolingbrook.
At Zion-Benton: The host and No. 20 Zee-Bees (26-2) rolled past Antioch 63-39 behind Andre White's 15 points.
At Buffalo Grove: Bryan Mead and Jonny Reibel scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, as Hoffman Estates held off Barrington 64-62.
The Hawks (20-7) held a 12-point lead before Barrington (10-18) cut it to 60-59 with 17 seconds left. Mead hit four free-throws to close out the win before Jason Richards, who finished with 28 points, hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.
At Hinsdale Central: Naperville North (20-7) ran past the host Red Devils 66-46 behind Kevin Koelbl's 16 points.
At Lane Tech: Nate Hudson scored 15 points as Lane (21-6) cruised past Payton 64-40.
At Maine West: Lake Park (21-6) eliminated Maine South 57-45 as Andy Mack and David Mikrut scored 19 points each.
At McHenry: John Smith collected 21 points and 10 rebounds as Johnsburg (26-1), which led by only two at the half, blasted Marian Central 66-36.
At Mundelein: Libertyville (21-5) beat the host Mustangs 62-42 behind Austin Yarc's 17 points.
At Prospect: Conant (20-6) downed Prospect 66-45 as Tim Collins put in 15 points and Mike Hlavacek added 12 by going 4-of-4 from the three-point line in the opening quarter.
At Schaumburg: Craig Reichel and Jim Kalcsits scored 13 points apiece to lift Schaumburg (18-7) over Rolling Meadows 48-41.