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Boys Basketball: Bolinbrook too much for Stagg

Updated: February 11, 2014 10:56PM



Bolingbrook regrouped after its first loss in the SouthWest Suburban Blue last week with a 22-point victory over Joliet West.

It was up to Stagg to try to bump Bolingbrook back off the tracks Tuesday night, but the first-place Raiders used their distinct size advantage to outrebound Stagg 34-17 on their way to a 64-43 victory.

Brawny 6-foot-6 center Kenny Williams, 6-4 Josh Dillingham, 6-8 Julian Torres and 6-6 Shakur Triplett were too much for visiting Stagg to handle underneath.

“That’s the best team we’ve played all year,’’ Stagg coach John Daniels said.

Brodric Thomas led Bolingbrook in scoring with 15 points off the bench. Prentiss Nixon had 13 points while Williams and Dillingham both contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.

“The last time we played them they got a lot of buckets on second shots,’’ Williams said. “We knew we had to stop that this time.’’

“We have a real big advantage against a lot of teams, so we try and use that and play inside out,’’ Dillingham said. “We try to take the pressure off Prentiss.’’

Opportunistic Bolingbrook (16-4, 9-1) started the game with a 9-0 run that led to a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter.

Bolingbrook was ahead 33-23 at halftime, but Stagg put together a 12-5 streak to cut the Raiders’ lead to 38-35 with 1:47 left in the third quarter.

Bolingbrook responded with a 10-0 run, started with back-to-back three-pointers by Thomas for a 44-35 edge going into the final quarter. Midway through the fourth, Bolingbrook had gone ahead 55-36.

“We’ve had runs like that all year where it’s tight, and all of a sudden we’re up 20,’’ Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “To our kids credit, we stay the course.

“We’re tough to guard. This is our second straight game where we had four guys in double figures. It’s tough to guard us when we share the ball.’’

Max Strus led Stagg (16-7, 5-5) with 23 points, the only Charger in double figures.

“We weren’t able to get a run going,’’ Daniels said. “The other thing that really hurt us is they have a lot more bodies.

“In order for us to play with a team like that, we’ve got to hit our shots. We missed a lot of threes.’’

Bolingbrook will have a challenging finish to its conference season with three straight against Homewood-Flossmoor, Lockport and Sandburg. The Feb. 21 match-up against H-F looms as the biggest test.

“The week we play H-F, we play Neuqua Valley, too, which will be a good stretch to get us ready for the playoffs,’’ Williams said.



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