BOLINGBROOK – There hasn’t been too much adversity for Bolingbrook’s basketball team this season.
So when the Raiders suffered a 49-46 loss to Lockport on Feb. 25, head coach Rob Brost was interested to see how his team would bounce back Friday against Sandburg.
The Raiders saw a double-digit lead dwindle to a 51-51 tie late in the game, but late free throws sealed a 54-51 win over the Eagles.
“It was nice to come back Friday and get a win,” Brost said. “We always talk about focus going into a game, especially against a team who we’ve played before, and we did a better job of that on Friday. Sandburg played well, but we did the things down the stretch we had to do to win.”
The Raiders won again in a regional semifinal game Tuesday at Plainfield East. They defeated Batavia 73-56 and will face Geneva in the regional title game at 7 p.m. Friday.
The win over Sandburg in the regular season finale upped the Raiders’ record to 20-5 on the season and 12-2 in the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference. It is the second consecutive season in which Bolingbrook has won 20 games.
The loss to Lockport, which the Raiders defeated 61-35 on the road in January, spoiled a chance at posting a perfect home record this season.
“The pace of the game was different,” Brost said of the second meeting against Lockport. “They really slowed it down. Their kids did a good job hitting their shots, and we had a difficult time hitting our shots from the outside.”
Kenny Williams led the Raiders with 12 points against Sandburg, and Gage Davis added 11 points. They and senior classmates Josh Dillingham, Ray Gonzalez, C.J. Redmond, Shakur Triplett and Ryan Wynn were able to walk off the home floor for the last time in style.
Williams is a three-year varsity player while Davis, Dillingham, Redmond and Triplett have spent two years with the varsity team. Gonzalez and Wynn have also been key contributors in their time with the Raiders.
“Anytime you finish the season with a win on senior night, it’s nice,” Brost said. “The seniors did a really good job for us Friday night. It was great to send them out with a victory.”