Boys Basketball: Bloom stops Rich Central
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 7, 2012 11:30PM
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:23AM
Johnny Griffin, your flight is ready for takeoff.
Showing his ability to elevate, Griffin, Bloom’s 6-foot-4 forward, threw down a trio of nasty first-half dunks on his way to 18 points and 13 rebounds in a 53-48 victory Friday night over Rich Central.
Dejahown Freeman chipped in 14 points and three assists and Zerrell Jackson netted eight points and three steals for the visiting Blazing Trojans (5-2, 1-1) in the Southland Conference affair.
William Berry led Rich Central (2-4, 0-1) with 12 points, Munang Ekoi tossed in 11 and McKinley Marseille scored nine, all in the second half, off the bench.
Griffin stole the show early, sneaking behind Rich Central’s trapping 1-3-1 defense for a pair of electric alley-oop dunks. The first, a lob from Jackson, saw Griffin grab the ball above the white painted square before throwing it down for a 6-2 lead.
“I just wanted to set the tone for my team,” Griffin said. “Being a captain and leader of the team, I wanted us to get going early.”
Griffin’s second jam shut down Rich Central’s zone for good. Running the baseline, Griffin collected a lob from Freeman, who tossed the ball from beyond the three-point arc, for another crowd-pleaser.
Bloom was up by as many as 16 points in the second quarter, but Rich Central never showed quit. Ekoi buried a deep three, his third of the night, with 2:05 remaining in the fourth to trim Bloom’s lead 45-40.
Griffin responded by going 3-of-4 from the line in the final minute to ice the game.
“They outplayed us in the first quarter,” said Rich Central coach Robert Smith, whose team was down 16-7 after the first period. “We stayed with them the final three. They solved our (1-3-1 trap) early, and we had to make some adjustments.
“We fought hard. It was a good game.”