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Gage, Nixon lead Raiders to second place in Decatur

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 3:30 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Guards Prentiss Nixon and Gage Davis helped Bolingbrook boys basketball capture a second place trophy over the holiday weekend.

After wins over Eisenhower and Springfield Southeast to start the Decatur Turkey Tournament, the Raiders fell to highly touted Springfield Lanphier 73-58 in the championship game.

The title tilt featured two of the best backcourts in the state, as Bolingbrook’s Nixon and Davis squared off against Lanphier’s Larry Austin and Xavier Bishop.

The Lions’ twosome combined for 40 points and the team forced 25 steals to secure the championship trophy.

Nixon and Davis were both named to the all-tournament team, scoring 20 and 14 points, respectively, in the final game.

Both averaged over 20 points during the three games.

Although Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost applauded the effort of his backcourt tandem, he explained that the team must improve its offensive efficiency.

“[The all-tournament nominations] were nice individual honors for Gage and Prentiss,” Brost said. “But, as a team, we need to play better and limit the turnovers and mental mistakes.”

Against Lanphier, Bolingbrook held an advantage early, but a series of second quarter turnovers led to a halftime deficit.

Coming out of the locker room, the Raiders could not rally and were outplayed in the second half.

Brost attested that the tournament was a good early barometer reading for what is a marathon season.

“It was a good learning experience,” Brost said. “The competition was fierce and going on the road is always a good team bonding experience.

“I was happy with the way the boys came together and fought.”

The Raiders return to Bolingbrook for the a three-game homestand, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday against Joliet Central.

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