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Moore pours in 23 as Bolingbrook rolls

11/30/2012, 9:40pm CST
By Tina Akouris takouris@suntimes.com

Ben Moore scored 23 points Friday night as Bolingbrook took down Lincoln-Way Central 57-49 on the road.

As if getting chewed out by his coach at halftime wasn’t bad enough, Bolingbrook star Ben Moore got a big scare in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ 57-49 victory over host Lincoln-Way Central Friday in New Lenox.

With about eight seconds to play, Moore was driving the lane and attempting a layup when he collided with a Lincoln-Way Central player.

Moore flew into the padded wall behind the basket and writhed on the floor. It appeared that Moore was holding onto his leg or head, but he was able to get up on his own power and sat out the rest of the game.

“I think I was undercut a little bit,’’ said Moore, who scored a game-high 23 points.

But Bolingbrook came out flat in the first half and trailed Lincoln-Way Central 27-22 at the half.

That was when coach Rob Brost decided his team needed a stern warning.

‘‘I let my guys have it at halftime, probably more than I ever have but I think they deserved it with the way they were playing,’’ Brost said. ‘‘We were selfish with the ball and to a man we took bad shots in the first half. But in the second half we started sharing the ball on the very first play.’’

Moore was held to only six first-half points, but he erupted for eight during a 12-2 Bolingbrook run to start the third quarter.

The run gave the Raiders a 34-29 lead. And Bolingbrook’s lead grew to 11 when Prentiss Nixon nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Bolingbrook led 43-32.

‘‘He wanted us to pick up the defensive intensity and take better shots,’’ Moore said. ‘‘We played our halfcourt offense a lot better in the second half, and we were sharing the ball a lot better.’’

Gage Davis chipped in 12 points for the Raiders (4-1, 1-0 Southwest Suburban), all on three-pointers.

Lincoln-Way Central (2-3, 0-1) was led by Alex Carlstrom with 11 points.

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