Boys Basketball: Bogan storms past Hillcrest
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2013 7:26PM
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:43AM
One thing is clear when watching Bogan junior guard Luwane Pipkins: He knows how to finish.
Pipkins had his full game on display Friday against Hillcrest at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, especially in the first half, when he outscored the Hawks 22-18. Bogan led 45-18 at halftime and cruised into the quarterfinals with a 70-35 win.
The Bengals will meet Providence-St. Mel at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Once we all come together as a team anything can happen,” said Pipkins, who finished with 31 points. “I want to put the team on my back and take them forward.”
Pipkins ended the first quarter with a spectacular double-pump jumper from just inside the key to give his team a 19-7 lead. He ended the second quarter at the free-throw line after getting fouled behind the arc as the buzzer sounded. He made all three free throws to put his team in control heading into the locker room.
Bryce Barnes was pretty good for the Bengals (11-1) as well. He had all 10 of his points in the first half.
Pipkins had three three-pointers at the break while Barnes had the other two. Antonio Thomas finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
“We are trying to earn our respect,” said Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin, whose team starts two juniors and three sophomores. “We have a lot of good young players, and we are good now and look even better for the future. We are working on finishing teams off and controlling the game.”
The Hawks (6-5) were led in scoring by Taylor Adway, who finished with 21 points. The Hawks couldn’t handle the Bengals’ quickness on both ends of the court.
Though Hillcrest cut down its total of 37 turnovers from its game Thursday, the Hawks still committed 23 on Friday.