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Tre Dowdell and Evergreen Park take down Hillcrest

Three Dowdells He didn’t live in Evergreen Park for long, but on Friday he made himself a town legend.

Senior guard Dowdell, who transferred from Brother Rice at the beginning of the school year, poured in 30 points to lead the Mustangs to a monumental moment, their first sectional title in 50 years.

“It feels great,” a beaming Dowdell said afterward. “People have been talking about it throughout school for the last few weeks and saying: ‘Man, the last time we won sectional was 1974.’

“Everyone at Rice was great. I love those guys too. “But it definitely means a lot more to come here and win this after not having won for so long.”

Dowdell scored 21 of his points in the second half as the host Mustangs took control and defeated Hillcrest 74-60 in the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship game.

Dowdell also dropped 7 rebounds for Evergreen Park, which was in fourth place (22-10). Ulises Cardenas added 13 points Lonnie Mosley I finished with 10 and Keshaun Vaval There were nine.

Nolan Sexton Contributed with 7 points and 7 rebounds Billy Buchanan He added 10 rebounds for the Mustangs, who will play the top-seeded host Wildcats (27-4), who beat Crete-Monee 60-35, in the Thornton Regional semifinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Siblings Jovohn and JayQuan Ratliff Hillcrest (17-14) placed fifth with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Maximilian Carmicle added six points.

Evergreen Park cut down the nets in the middle of the post-match celebration, which started with students storming the field and ended with many photos being taken with the plaque.

Dowdell’s teammates called on him to climb the ladder for the first cut, a meaningful gesture for the new kid in town.

Evergreen Park’s Tre Dowdell (14) shoots against Hillcrest in the Class 3A Evergreen Park District championship game on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Vincent D. Johnson/Daily Southtown)

“This means the world to me,” Dowdell said. “I love these guys. These are my guys. I came here. I connected with these guys really quickly and it feels good. It’s all love.”

Evergreen Park coach Jim Sexton He said Dowdell quickly developed close relationships with his teammates.

“We had to get him to leave first because he’s the only one who knows how to cut webs,” Sexton said with a laugh. “But no, it reflects his character and how friends he is with these guys.

“Every day after practice he goes into all the lockers and shakes hands and hugs the players. Everybody loves him and he played incredible (Friday night).”

Evergreen Park's Keshaun Crawl-Vaval (11) makes an escape against Hillcrest in the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional final on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Evergreen Park.  (Vincent D. Johnson/Daily Southtown)
Evergreen Park’s Keshaun Vaval (11) hits a fadeaway shot against Hillcrest in the Class 3A Evergreen Park District championship game on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Vincent D. Johnson/Daily Southtown)

The regional championship was the third in program history after back-to-back titles in 1972-73 and 1973-74. In comparison, Hillcrest has won 25 sectional championships since 1990.

This left the Mustangs feeling like they knew what their role was, regardless of the seeding or their 58-57 win over the Hawks on Dec. 2.

“Evergreen Park has always been the underdog,” Cardenas said. “Even though people on Twitter predicted we would win, I still felt like we were the underdogs.

“Hillcrest won the (South Suburban Blue) and they were trying to avenge their early season defeat on us. But we came as the underdog and remembered our 50-year goal.”

Cardenas hit a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter, including two during a 9-0 run that increased the lead to 50-33.

Hillcrest's Jaylen West (25) tries to block Evergreen Park's Tre Dowdell during the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional final on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Evergreen Park.  (Vincent D. Johnson/Daily Southtown)
Hillcrest’s Jaylen West (25) tries to block Evergreen Park’s Tre Dowdell during the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship game on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Vincent D. Johnson/Daily Southtown)

After that the party pretty much continued.

“Awesome,” Nolan Sexton said. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for four years here. I’m trying to absorb that and realize how amazing it is.

“I guess you don’t realize it in the moment, but later you look back and realize, ‘That was beautiful.'”

Dowdell, meanwhile, made a statement to anyone who looked at him in a field filled with talent.

“Show some respect for my name,” he said.

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