Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook outlasts Sandburg
By Scott Ehling For Sun-Times Media December 8, 2012 12:02AM
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:40AM
In what turned out to be a battle of sophomores, Bolingbrook’s Prentiss Nixon outdueled Sandburg’s Niko Kogionis.
Nixon scored a game-high 25 points to Kogionis’ 20 as No. 2 Bolingbrook outlasted visiting Sandburg 63-53 on Friday night in a SouthWest Suburban Blue contest.
Nixon was 8-of-15 from the floor — including four three-pointers — and had a couple of huge throw-down dunks.
“When I’m open, my teammates get me the ball. I couldn’t do it without their help,” Nixon said.
Ben Moore and Kenneth Williams added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Raiders (5-2, 2-1). Tim Prendergast and Niko Cahue each scored 12 points for the Eagles (0-6, 0-2).
Bolingbrook missed its first six field-goal attempts before a Nixon breakaway dunk and subsequent three-pointer gave the Raiders a 5-2 lead with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.
“I thought we did a really good job of getting after them (Sandburg) in the first quarter,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “We’re always looking to pressure and get the game up and down the floor and get the game in the 60s and 70s.”
Bolingbrook led 15-5 after the first quarter. Moore’s second alley-oop dunk gave the Raiders a 25-14 lead with 2:50 left in the half.
Bolingbrook led 31-19 at halftime, by which time the Raiders were 12-of-28 from the floor and committed just five turnovers. On the flip side, Sandburg was 8-of-21 shooting and guilty of 11 turnovers.
Sandburg started to heat up and find its rhythm on offense as consecutive three-pointers by Kogionis cut the Raiders lead to 41-37 with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
“We’re a young team and we had some costly turnovers,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “Our kids competed. I was proud of their effort.”
Prendergast’s fadeaway jumper with 2:32 left in the game brought Sandburg to within 55-51, but the Eagles could not get closer. Two Nixon free throws and breakaway dunk sealed the victory.