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Luwane Pipkins was out of breath but he found just enough energy for a final push.
The 5-10 Bogan star sophomore guard scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and made the two game-clinching plays as No. 23 Bogan survived Peoria Manual 59-55 in the Bob Hambric Coaches Against Cancer Shootout at T.F. North in Calumet City Sunday.
Pipkins grabbed a loose ball and drove coast to coast to break the game’s final tie at 55 with just over three minutes remaining. He secured the victory with just under a minute to play. He alertly stole the ball and threw a perfect outlet pass to his streaking teammate Juwan Henry for the clinching score with 40 seconds remaining.
“Manual was setting a lot of back screens the whole game, and I saw that, jumped around the screen and got the ball,” Pipkins said. “I saw Juwan the whole time and I had just enough strength and energy to get out to him on the break.”
Henry scored 15 points to help support the Bengals.
Bogan (11-6) was coming off a disappointing loss at a shootout in Milwaukee the day before. Pipkins scored seven points in the first quarter and then was held scoreless until late in the third quarter when he drilled a 19-footer from the right wing that helped Bogan enter the fourth quarter tied at 45.
He opened the fourth quarter with a beautiful step back jumper for a 47-45 Bogan advantage. After Manual answered, Pipkins penetrated and found sophomore Antonio Thomas underneath for a layup. “I was just trying to get my big guys involved and take some of the pressure of the guards,” he said.
Bogan’s quickness and pressure forced 30 Manual turnovers though the Bengals could never quite pull away. “We started off kind of slow and sluggish and it took us a while to get going,” Henry said. “Our bench gave us a huge boost and energy lift. They were really the difference.”
Junior Dontrell Whitaker contributed seven points and six rebounds. Senior Samuel Robinson made two crucial free throws in the fourth quarter.
Kashmiere Hughes, a 6-6 senior forward, scored 15 points to lead the Rams (13-4).