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Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook stands tall over Crete-Monee

Bolingbrook's Shakur Triplett (42) shoots as Crete-Monee's BrandJohns(24) defends December 26 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Bolingbrook's Shakur Triplett (42) shoots as Crete-Monee's Brandon Johnson (24) defends, December 26, 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 26, 2013 10:34PM

With first-round losses in the previous three McDipper tournaments in their minds, Bolingbrook’s Raiders made sure they’d end that streak Thursday by pounding Crete-Monee inside.

With Bolingbrook’s guards struggling with their shots, the Raiders big men stepped up in a big way. Shakur Triplett led the way with 16 points and five rebounds in an 81-63 rout at Rich South.

“We have three really good ‘five’ men,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “That’s a luxury we have that not a lot of teams have. They’re not just big, they’re good. Our guards were (1-of-13) from three. We have really good guards, but they had an off day and our big guys really stepped up.”

Big men Julian Torres (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Kenny Williams (9 points) also had big days for the Raiders (7-1). Gage Davis scored 13 points.

Tyler Williams led Crete-Monee (7-3) with 14 points.

Tyler Williams, though, missed his first seven shots from the field as the Warriors started slowly. Bolingbrook jumped to a 12-2 lead and never looked back.

“We got off to a bad start,” Crete-Monee coach Tom Cappel said. “We were just kicking the ball around and not doing anything offensively. (Bolingbrook) is a very good team. I hope we see them again, because it’d be in a sectional.”

Triplett had 10 points in the second quarter, finishing the half with a monster dunk on a breakaway. The Raiders’ big men ran the floor for dunks all day.

“(Brost) always emphasizes us bigs running from basket to basket,” Triplett said. “We like to run the court. We knew the bigs had to step up. Our guards were getting us the ball and they had a good day even though they weren’t hitting all their shots.”

Bolingbrook, which finished 30-of-61 from the field, led 38-25 at halftime and 55-42 after three.

Brodric Thomas finished with nine points and Prentiss Nixon had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Raiders.

Mike Nelson (9 points), Chris Jernigan (8) and Brandon Johnson (8) contributed for Crete-Monee.

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