Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook topples Lockport
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media January 24, 2014 10:16PM
Bolingbrook's (20) Devon Sams looks to drive around Lockport's (10) Ryan Reed in Lockport, Illinois, on Friday, January 24, 2014. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:44AM
“To a ‘T’.”
That’s the way Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said his team executed its game plan Friday night. The Raiders certainly did as they came into Lockport and cruised to a 61-35 victory in a SouthWest Suburban Blue first-place showdown.
The win improved the Raiders to 13-3 6-0. Lockport fell to 10-8, 4-2.
“We had a game plan coming in and we executed it to a ‘T’ ,” Brost said. “We wanted to get them out of the 13 (1-3-1 defense) early, and we did. It was great for us to get spurts of 10 to 12 straight points in this place.”
Prentiss Nixon led the way for the Raiders with 16 points and added six rebounds. The guard hit a free throw three minutes into the game to cap an 8-0 game-opening run.
“That was the goal in the beginning; we wanted to put them away early,” Nixon said. “The key for us is to play together. When we play off each other, things go smooth.”
Lockport closed to within 12-10 on a three-pointer by John Campbell with 6:09 left in the first half. Moments before that, Porters point guard Grover Anderson picked up his third foul and sat out the rest of the half. With their leader on the bench, the Porters went cold and finished the first half 4-of-25 from the field. Five different players then scored as Bolingbrook ended the half on a 13-0 run for a 25-10 lead at intermission.
The Porters never got closer than 13 in the second half.
Gage Davis added 10 points and six rebounds for Bolingbrook. Josh Dillingham had eight points and 12 boards and Devon Sams and Brodric Thomas contributed seven points each for the Raiders, who had a 40-21 rebounding advantage.
“We really wanted to beat them after last year,” Dillingham said of the Raiders losing twice to Lockport last season. “We had three special plays to get the ball inside. We had to beat them soundly and play to our strengths. Winning conference is our goal.”
Anderson scored 11 of his team-high 16 points for Lockport in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 2:23 to play. Campbelll added eight points and eight rebounds, while Gehrig Hollatz had seven points for the Porters.
“Bolingbrook played a great game,” Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson Jr. said. “They did a much better job than we did of setting the pace. Having Grover get three fouls early hurt a little, but we have to have other kids step up.”