Boys Basketball: Bloom steams past Hales Franciscan
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2012 10:34PM
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:23AM
If Bloom coach Jasper Williams had been a general contractor, James Coleman, his 6-foot-4 wide-bodied forward, would man the bulldozer.
Coleman had 18 points and six rebounds as Bloom topped Hales Franciscan 68-49 on Thursday in a McDipper quarterfinal.
“We knew Hales would extend their defense, so we felt very comfortable with Coleman and (Johnny) Griffin catching the ball inside and scoring,” Williams said.
The athletic Griffin added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazing Trojans (9-2). Zerrell Jackson chipped in eight points and six assists. Nhyree Mitchell had 12 points.
“Coleman has a little more beef, not as athletic as Johnny, so they team up very well down low,” Williams said of his frontcourt duo.
Hales (5-7) received 12 points apiece from Tim Robertson and Shaquon Alexander.
The Spartans went on a 9-0 run spanning the first two quarters to cut Bloom’s lead to 16-15 after a Darrick Gardner three-pointer. Bloom responded with a 14-2 stretch over the final 6:05 of the second quarter to take a 30-17 lead into the break. The run was highlighted by a Jackson lob to Griffin for a heavy-handed dunk.
The rout was on after Bloom took a 42-33 lead midway through the third quarter on consecutive buckets assisted by Jackson.
The Blazing Trojans look to lengthen their title reign, vying to become the first McDipper champion to repeat since Thornton in 2004 and ’05. Bloom meets Crete-Monee at 7 p.m. Friday in a semifinal. It’s a rematch of the 2011 McDipper final.
“Crete will be very difficult,” Williams said. “The kids wanted Crete, and now they have them.”
Eddie Miles chipped in 11 points for Hales.