Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook inside game overwhelms Plainfield North
By Dick Goss firstname.lastname@example.org January 21, 2013 11:06PM
Updated: February 23, 2013 6:23AM
With his team leading 33-31 at halftime in Monday’s game against Plainfield North in the Joliet Central MLK Day of Hoops, Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost made his point.
“I told the guys, ‘You’re going to the post or you’re coming out of the game,’ ” he said. “They got the message.”
Center Kenny Williams and forward Ben Moore were the beneficiaries. The 6-foot-6 Moore hit 12-of-17 shots for 28 points and 6-8 Moore posted a triple-double with 20 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as the Raiders (13-5) ran away with a 75-55 victory.
“Having a skilled big man like Ben in there with me is real good,” said Williams, whom Brost calls “one of the best post players I’ve seen.”
Brost noted Moore is shooting nearly 70 percent and Williams over 60, so against an opponent that doesn’t match up physically, why not pound it inside?
“We were up 12 going into the fourth quarter Friday night against Joliet Central,” Brost said. “We got away from the post and lost (52-51). That was a wakeup call.”
“(Corey) Evak was our only big man,” North coach Nick DiForti said, noting 6-6 Kiefer Ketelhut will miss two to three weeks because of a high ankle sprain. “Still, we executed every quick hitter and out-of-bounds play real well.”
However, besides having to deal with Williams and Moore, the Tigers (5-12) found a lid on the basket in the second half, when they made 6-of-27 shots.
“A game of inches? This was a game of centimeters,” DiForti said. “Everything we shot in the second half, layups included, seemed to roll around and come out.
“But hats off to Bolingbrook. They really kept at it. It’s good for our young guys to see a team at that higher level.”
Trevor Stumpe scored 25 points and Marcus Fair 10 for North. Prentiss Nixon scored 11 and Kendall Guyton 10 for Bolingbrook.