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Bloom Towhship's James Coleman (center) drives through Crete-Monee's Mark Conner (left) and Brandon Johnson (right) during a boys varsity basketball game on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. | John Smierciak~for Sun-Times Media
Bloom coach Jasper Williams has been waiting all season for his team to put together four quarters of quality basketball.
Friday night against Crete-Monee, the Blazing Trojans did just that.
Johnny Griffin scored 22 points and Nhyree Mitchell added 12 as No. 13 Bloom crushed Crete-Monee 61-45 in a Southland Conference contest in Chicago Heights.
The Blazing Trojans (12-3, 3-1) did an outstanding job of getting the ball inside and piling up points in transition.
Bloom converted 25-of-39 field-goal attempts.
“For four quarters, this was our best game,” Williams said. “We just need to keep building on this. Hopefully, this is a step forward.”
If it proves a step forward for Bloom, it’s certainly a step back for the Warriors (13-4, 1-3).
The Warriors played without Laquon Treadwell, who was visiting Oklahoma on a football recruiting trip. How much of an impact the 6-foot-3 Treadwell would have made is debatable.
Crete-Monee coughed up the ball on its first six possessions, which allowed Bloom to dart to a 14-3 lead.
The deficit only swelled from there.
A sweet pass off the backboard by Zerrell Jackson (nine points) to a charging Griffin led to a monster dunk and 36-15 spread.
Moments later, Griffin put down another jam, this one of the one-handed tomahawk variety, extending the Blazing Trojans’ advantage to 38-15.
Bloom recorded five dunks on the night.
“I’ve just been trying to be consistent and let my game come to me and not rush it,” Griffin said. “We wanted to come out and set the tempo.”
Bloom’s lead widened to as much as 46-19 when Mitchell put down a one-handed jam early in the third quarter.
Marvie Keith (15 points) led an 11-0 Warriors run that cut the deficit to 50-37 with 6:33 to go in the fourth. Bloom, however, countered with a 6-0 run to the put the game away.
Dejahown Freeman added eight points for the Blazing Trojans. Tyler Williams had 11 points for the Warriors.
“They took everything away from us,” Crete-Monee coach Tom Cappel said. “We left (abandoned) everything we know, everything we practiced.”