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Raider boys top Joliet Central 59-51 in conference opener

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – In spite of some imperfections, Bolingbrook’s boys basketball team keeps winning.

The Raiders eked out a 59-51 victory over Joliet Central on Friday in what was the SouthWest Suburban Blue Conference opener for both teams. The defeat was the first of the season for Joliet Central, who entered the match on a five-game winning streak.

Bolingbrook (4-1, 1-0 SWSB) came out on top even though the team committed 21 turnovers – a recurring issue that has drawn the ire of head coach Rob Brost in the first three weeks of the season.

“We were careless with the ball again on Friday,” Brost said. “We need to be more efficient with the ball. If we keep giving good teams easy buckets off turnovers, it will soon come back to hurt us.

“But the sign of a great team is being able to win when you are not at your best – especially when facing good competition like Joliet Central. So that is a very encouraging sign.”

Brost also applauded the play of senior guard Prentiss Nixon, who totaled 20 points while shooting a tidy 7-of-10 from the field.

The Raiders’ most dynamic scorer through five games, Nixon lit up Joliet Central for 13 points in the first quarter.

Shakur Triplet added 12 points and nine rebounds for Bolingbrook.

Following the win, Brost also noted that senior center Kenny Williams, who is coming off of knee injury, has been cleared by doctors and will return to practice on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6-inch Williams is expected to play in his first game in the next couple of weeks.

Bolingbrook then defeated Glenbard West 86-54 on Tuesday night. the Raiders ran away with the game in the second half behind 15 points from Gage Davis and 13 points from Devon Sams.

The Raiders are back in action at home at 7 p.m. Friday against SWSB foe Joliet West.

Bolingbrook girls basketball

After a sparse schedule to begin the regular season, the Bolingbrook’s basketball team will pick up the pace with three road games in five days.

The Raiders play conference foe Joliet Central Thursday, and will then travel to Chicago to play Crete-Monee during the Chitown Showdown Shootout. They team will return to conference action Monday when it takes on Joliet West..

Bolingbrook (1-1) isn’t scheduled to play a home game until Jan. 7.

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