After long layoff, Raiders ready for return to court
BOLINGBROOK – Players play and coaches coach, and right now, Bolingbrook's boys basketball players can't wait to take the floor.
The Raiders haven't played since topping Joliet Central, 91-62, in the third place game of Rich South's McDipper tournament on Dec. 30. The squad has had ample practice time since then, but head coach Rob Brost said his team is itching for game action.
"The kids want to play. They want games. That's the way players are," Brost said. "But they're responding well to our practices. We've had a different practice schedule with no school, and with the weather some kids haven't been able to make it to practice, but we've done a good job."
In the tournament finale, Prentiss Nixon paced five Raiders in double figures with 19 points. Shakur Triplett (15 points), Julian Torres (12 points), Kenny Williams (11 points) and Gage Davis (10 points) also reached double digits for Bolingbrook.
Nixon and Davis were named to the all-tournament team.
"I have nothing to do with deciding the all-tournament team," Brost said, "but any time kids are recognized for their accomplishments, it's a positive for them and a positive for the program. The team comes before the individual honor, and they know that, but it's still a nice honor."
The extended period of practices lead up to Bolingbrook's only home game in the month of January, Friday's contest against Lincoln-Way East. The Raiders won't play at home again until Feb. 11, but being at home this week after a long layoff between games could provide a boost.
"I think it always helps being at home, where you're comfortable," Brost said. "We've played more road games so far when you take into consideration the tournaments at Thanksgiving and over the holidays, but any time you can play at home, it's a good thing."
Bolingbrook's potent offense, which has scored 80 or more points five times, including twice in the McDipper, will be tested Friday against an East team that likes to play a more slow, methodical game.
"I've seen [East] on a couple tapes and once in person, and they're a solid club," Brost said. "They recently got their point guard back that they didn't have the first half of the season, and he helps them out a lot. They try to slow it down and play zone, so we're going to have to be ready for that."
Who: Lincoln-Way West at Bolingbrook
What: SouthWest Suburban Blue conference game
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: 365 Raider Way, Bolingbrook