Boys Basketball: Bloom cruises past Hinsdale South
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 22, 2012 11:08PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35AM
Bloom Township had a pretty simple plan for attacking Hinsdale South on Saturday night during the Crete-Monee Shootout: Speed up the tempo and rebound.
The Blazing Trojans took control early against the Hornets, scoring the game’s first 14 points and then settling into cruise control for a 55-37 win.
The Blazing Trojans (7-2) now will focus their attention on the McDipper Tournament, which for them starts at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, where they will play Phillips with the hope of defending their title.
“We were sluggish coming out of the third quarter and we have to learn to speed up the tempo in that quarter,” Bloom coach Jasper Williams said. “We still haven’t defined our roles which last year we were a little more confident going into it.”
Junior reserve Jared Johnson led the Trojans in the first half, scoring 11 of his game-high 14 points in helping his team build a 34-19 lead at the break after leading 19-8 after one quarter. Senior Nhyree Mitchell had eight of his 12 points during that span. Johnny Griffin was the other Trojan player in double-digit scoring with 10.
The Trojans out-rebounded the Hornets 22-7 in the first half, and scored 14 second-chance points. Jataryan Dejareaux had four of those rebounds coming off the bench; he finished with six.
“We were getting some good shots and executing better,” Johnson said. “We were boxing out nice and getting to the right spots.”
The Hornets (2-8) started the third with a 7-2 run to pull within 36-26 but would get no closer the rest of the way. Tyler Zampa had six points to lead the Hornets.