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Nixon navigates Raiders past Joliet West

BOLINGBROOK – An offensive outburst from Prentiss Nixon helped the Bolingbrook boys improve their unbeaten conference record on Friday.

Three nights after he barely saw the floor during the Raiders’ landslide victory over Glenbard West, the junior guard made his presence felt early on Friday against SouthWest Suburban Blue rival Joliet West, racking up 16 of his team-high 30 points in the first half, and guiding the team to a 85-73 win.

Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost has seen this act from Nixon before, explaining that he continually has shown a knack for dominating stretches of play.

“He can score in bunches,” Brost said. “He can shoot, he can pass, he can man our offense. When he plays under control and gets in a zone, Prentiss can be tough to stop.”

With 13 points each from fellow guards Gage Davis and Devon Sams, and eight points from reserve guard Brodric Thomas, the Bolingbrook (5-1, 2-0 SWSB) backcourt controlled the pace for most of the contest.

The Raiders led by 13 points before half, then built a 21-point lead in the third quarter en route to the victory.

On Dec. 11, several players pitched in to help the Raiders run away with an 86-54 win over Glenbard West.

Davis paced the offense with 18 points, while Nixon added eight assists and nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Sams added 14 points and five assists, and center Shakur Triplett had 12 points and snagged 8 rebounds.

“It was a complete team effort,” Brost said. “I thought we did a better job of controlling the tempo and not committing as many turnovers.”

On Monday, Triplett, a 6-foot-6 senior power forward, committed to Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

The Raiders had a big conference game at Stagg on Tuesday night. Stagg entered the game with an 8-0 overall record and 2-0 mark in the SWSB.

After playing Stagg, the Raiders will be off until the day after Christmas, when they start play at Rich South’s McDipper Tournament, which runs from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30.

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