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Bolingbrook's Prentiss Nixon dunks against Homewood-Flossmoor at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Ill., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost likes to point out his team is more than 6-foot-8 senior Ben Moore. Friday night, the Raiders proved their coach correct in a key SouthWest Suburban Blue game.
Despite blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, Bolingbrook held on for a 50-48 victory over visiting Homewood-Flossmoor, with guard Prentiss Nixon and center Kenneth Williams combining for 36 points.
Nixon hit three long-range shots, scored on transition and maneuvered inside for a couple of layups to finish with 20 points. The bulky Williams was a force inside and hit a couple of jumpers to total 16 points.
“Prentiss and K.W. played very well, and [so did] C.J. [Redmond] from the point spot,” Brost said. “Whenever you get contributions from all your players, particularly like we got [Friday night], we’re going to be tough to beat.”
“We’ve got a lot of people who step up and make plays in big-time situations,” Nixon said. “It’s always a battle against H-F. I don’t like to lose to H-F. I know they don’t like to lose to Bolingbrook.”
Bolingbrook (11-3, 3-1) came out on top after Redmond rebounded an H-F miss and lofted a pass to Kendall Guyton, who scored a transition dunk to regain the lead 50-48 with four seconds left.
Moore (six points, 10 rebounds) fouled out with three minutes to play. The Raiders felt his loss.
“We just need to keep our composure a little bit more, which we will,” Brost said. “This is the best team we’ve beaten this year to this point.”
Third-ranked H-F (10-3, 3-1) rallied from a 43-30 deficit with six minutes, 40 seconds left to tie the game at 48 on two free throws by Lamar Wofford-Humphrey (10 points) with 2:12 to play. Rashaan Surles (11 points) sparked the fourth-quarter rally with three three-pointers.
“Comebacks are great, but you’ve got to prepare to win before the game,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “That’s the way we’re supposed to play all the time. That’s how we got to 10-0.’’
Maurius Hill led H-F with 14 points and 13 rebounds.