BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook's basketball team isn't necessarily David, but it faced Goliath Friday night.
Hosting Homewood-Flossmoor in key SouthWest Suburban Blue conference game, the Raiders ended H-F's four year run as SWSB champs and captured their first conference title since the 2008-09 season with a 52-50 win.
1. Breaking the press
The Vikings had whittled Bolingbrook's 34-22 lead at the onset of the fourth quarter down to 47-44 on a 3-pointer with 35.5 seconds left and employed a full-court press in an effort to force turnovers. The Raiders broke the press immediately after the 3-pointer as Prentiss Nixon fed Kenny Williams for an emphatic dunk. After another H-F trey made it 49-47, Gage Davis eluded the press for a three-point play that made it a two-possession game.
2. Holding pattern
Bolingbrook's defense, which fluidly morphed from man to zone, goaded the Vikings into 4-of-9 shooting in the first quarter. In an attempt to draw the Raiders out of the zone they played the bulk of the first half, the Vikings employed a unique strategy – they did nothing. From about the 5:15 mark of the second quarter until there was 2:46 left in the half, H-F held the ball near midcourt. All 10 players on the court were stationary. The Vikings used the same tactic later in the half and held for a late shot, which missed the mark. They went into halftime trailing 22-12 and went 0-of-4 from the field in the second quarter.
Bolingbrook key players
1. Gage Davis
The senior scored a team-high 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, with five of those coming in the final minute.
2. Shakur Triplett
The senior provided a spark of energy off the bench and finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.
3. Prentiss Nixon
The junior was held to six points but filled the stat sheet with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Bolingbrook (19-4 overall, 11-1 SWSB) host two conference games next week. Lockport comes calling at 7 p.m. Tuesday while Sandburg visits at 7 p.m. Friday for senior night and the regular season finale.