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The Pipkins family has carved their own sports dynasty on the South side.
Twin brothers Duwane and Juwane Pipkins turned Robeson into a Public League football powerhouse. Kewane Pipkins is the best player on Harper’s football team.
Luwane Pipkins’ game is basketball and his school of choice is Bogan.
“It just fits me,” the explosive sophomore guard said. “It’s all run and gun, and I have great teammates who I love playing with.”
The 5-11 sophomore guard scored a game-high 24 points and added six assists and four steals as the Bengals thrashed Crespi Carmelite (Cal.) 83-64 in a first-round Proviso West Holiday tournament game Wednesday in Hillside.
Bogan advances to meet St. Joseph in the final second round game Thursday.
The Carmelite school from California was the first out of state program in the 52 year history of Proviso West. Crespi had no answer for the quickness and speed of Pipkins, who shot 7-for-12 from the field and used his quickness and speed to break down the Crespi defense.
Rich East transfer Brandon Berry scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He scored two baskets as Bogan (7-3) used a 7-0 run to end the first quarter up 19-11. “This is a dream playing here for Bogan, being around my friends and in a big tournament like this, it’s like a dream,” he said.
Crespi (6-5) trailed just 36-29 at the break. Guard London Perrantes scored a team-best 24 points.
Juwan Henry contributed 15 points. His three-pointer at the third quarter buzzer completed an impressive 27-point explosion for the Bengals. Mysirell Green, an athletic 6-6 wing forward, posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Bogan’s three losses are two ranked powerhouses West Aurora and T.F. North and Downstate power Rock Island. They are a completely different team and have a full arsenal of elite talents. “We didn’t have our full team [at the Rock Island Tournament],” Pipkins said. “We have [6-7 center] Juwan Savage, who gives us rebounding and shotblocking.
“Everything is clicking for us.”