Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook battles past Rich South
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org December 27, 2013 8:16PM
Darius Juzang, of Rich South, makes a move against Bolingbrook for the McDipper Tournament at Rich South, Friday 27th, 2013, in Richton Park| Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:42AM
Kenny Williams is rounding into basketball form.
That doesn’t bode well for Bolingbrook’s future opponents.
The 6-foot-6 senior, who tore the meniscus in his right knee a week before the season, scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds to help Bolingbrook to a 66-59 win Friday night over Rich South in a McDipper 41 quarterfinal.
Williams also was also a major reason the Raiders (10-1) outrebounded the Stars 37-15 on the night.
“I’m feeling about 90 percent,” Williams said of his rehabilitation. “I’m only getting better at this point. I’m basically playing my role and doing anything to help the team win.”
Bolingbrook used a 21-12 edge in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. A basket by Williams gave Bolingbrook a 55-54 lead with 4:32 remaining in the final period. It was a lead the Raiders wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way, though Rich South clawed to within 60-59 with 57 seconds remaining.
The Raiders, however, were able to seal the deal from the free-throw line, with C.J. Redmond, Gage Davis and Brodric Thomas combining to go 6-of-6 down the stretch.
“Different guys stepped up at different times,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “Gage played really well in the second half after not playing well in the first half. That’s why he’s a Division I player. Josh Dillingham kept us in the game in the first half.”
Rich South used a 14-8 burst to start the third quarter to grab a 42-34 lead. Myles McCoy and Darius Juzang nailed three-pointers and Bryce Lydon converted a three-point play to highlight the Stars’ run.
Bolingbrook, however, regrouped and trimmed the deficit to 47-45 entering the fourth quarter.
“Rich South surprised me a little hitting those shots,” Brost said. “Their outside shooting was one of their weaknesses when we scouted them.”
Williams and Prentiss Nixon had 14 points each for the Raiders, followed by Davis with 13 and Dillingham with 12. Davis added nine boards, Dillingham eight.
“That was the best he (Williams) has played all season,” Brost said. “He’s getting back to the form before he got hurt.”
McCoy and Denzel Kimbrough led Rich South (8-3) with 15 points apiece. Lydon and Jeremy Ruffin chipped in nine points each.
Stars coach Scot Ritter was disappointed at how his team responded to the Raiders’ run in the fourth quarter.
“We got punched in the mouth and we shut down,” Ritter said. “They’re (Bolingbrook) too talented to not make a run. Good teams will fight through adversity (but) we shut down. We have to learn from this.”