Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook outlasts Homewood-Flossmoor
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media February 21, 2014 9:44PM
Bolingbrook's Shakur Triplett scores over Homewood-Flossmoor's Devante Heard. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:17AM
Bolingbrook earned at least a share of the SouthWest Suburban Blue title Friday night with a 52-50 home win over short-handed Homewood-Flossmoor in Bolingbrook.
The Raiders, who won their fifth in a row, improved to 19-4 overall and 10-1 in the Blue. H-F (12-10, 7-3) played without forward Tai Odiase who averages 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Odiase sat out the game after breaking his nose in practice Thursday.
“We clinched the conference title so I’m proud of our guys,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “We played a really good team. They did a really good job without one of their best players. We’re fortunate to come out of here with a win.”
“That was a really big goal for us this season as is going undefeated at home,” Bolingbrook’s Gage Davis said of winning at least a share of the league title. “We have two more games left to do that.”
“We’re just so proud of our guys,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “We played without our best player, Tai Odiase. He does so many things for us, so we’re just happy as heck with how our guys played.”
Odiase could return to the lineup next week.
“He’s got a mask and he’ll be cleared to play, hopefully, next week,” McLaughlin said.
A putback by Broderic Thomas gave the hosts a 17-12 lead after a quarter. H-F made just four first-quarter field goals.
Back-to-back buckets by Triplett at the outset of the second bumped the lead to 21-12. Davis’ free throw made it 22-12 Raiders with 5:20 left in the second quarter.
Bolingbrook went to a 2-3 zone and H-F held the ball for nearly three minutes. The possession ended with an H-F player control foul, giving the ball back to the Raiders. After a turnover, the Vikings held the ball for the final possession of the first half. A missed three-pointer ended the half with Bolingbrook leading 22-12. H-F did not score a field goal over the final 9:08 of the first half.
“We were up 10 so we were content to let them hold it as long as they wanted,” Brost said.
“We had to shorten the game because we were getting annihilated on the glass,” McLaughlin said. “I think they had four putbacks to start the quarter. We wanted to get out of that down 10 and have a chance at them in the fourth quarter, which we did.”
“That was bad coaching on their part,” Davis said. “I wanted to play, but it was up to them.”
Davis’ three-pointer two minutes into the third quarter gave Bolingbrook a 26-14 cushion. Dorian McCraney Jr. buried a long three-pointer, pulling the Vikings to within 27-20 with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
Prentiss Nixon’s floater in the lane with 1:30 to play pushed the lead to 32-22. The Vikings, again, held the ball for the last shot of the quarter. Instead, they turned it over and Nixon’s basket just before the horn gave the Raiders a 34-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Two free throws by Destin Barnes cut the lead to 44-41 with 1:23 to play. That was as close as the Vikings would get. Bolingbrook held on despite going 3-of-8 from the free-throw line over the final 2:12.