Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Curie's Foster grabs spotlight in victory
By Scott Powers
Curie's Devin Foster led the Condors with 23 points in a win over Hyde Park on Tuesday.
CHICAGO -- All eyes weren’t on Curie guard Devin Foster when Tuesday’s game between the No. 4 Condors and No. 9 Hyde Park tipped off.
With notable names like Curie’s Cliff Alexander and Hyde Park’s Moshawn Thomas and Kyle Davis on the floor, it was easy to see why the full house at Hyde Park could overlook Foster.
By the end, though, Foster got everyone’s attention.
Foster scored 23 points, including seven points during the decisive stretch of the fourth quarter, to lead Curie to a 65-61 win over the Thunderbirds in a Red-Central matchup.
Curie center Cliff Alexander is a mobile big with tremendous upside.
“I tell people all the time if someone were to offer him a scholarship they wouldn’t regret it,” Curie coach Mike Oliver said. “For him not to be one of the top 50 players in the city is a joke.”
Foster showed off an ability to score inside and outside with the game on the line Tuesday. With Hyde Park leading 53-52 with 3:53 remaining, Foster grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to put the Condors ahead. Two possessions later, Foster drained a 3-pointer to extend Curie’s lead to 59-53.
From there, Curie (5-0) held off the Thunderbirds (2-2) the rest of the way.
“I knew it was a big game,” Foster said. “I kept my focus on the game. I blocked everything else out.”
Despite Foster’s heroics, Davis nearly stole the show in the end. Davis scored six of his 22 points in the final minutes and made Curie sweat it out. He also had six steals.
Oliver expected nothing less from the game.
“It was a good test,” Oliver said. “This is the type of game that will help us if we’re going to make a run for it all this year.”
Curie junior guard Malcolm Hill-Bey appeared as if he was starting to adjust to his new team after transferring from Mount Carmel. He scored 15 points.
“Malcolm’s going to be fine,” Oliver said. “He’s still learning our system.”
Alexander finished with four points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Thomas had eight points and six blocks.