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Lemont's Juozas Balciunas puts up a shot while being defended by Bolingbrook's Kendall Guyton (25) during a 4A regional game in Batavia on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Bolingbrook used a change in defense to spark a 12-3 run midway through the third quarter to break open what was a tie game at that point to go on to defeat Lemont 71-63 in a Class 4A Batavia Regional semifinal Wednesday night.
Bolingbrook (20-7) had four players in double figures, led by Prentiss Nixon’s game-high 21 points. Teammates Kenneth Williams (18 points, 11 rebounds), Kendall Guyton (12 points) and Ben Moore (10 points) also had significant contributions.
“They (Lemont) punched us in the mouth early and we didn’t really do a very good job at defending (Juozas) Balciunas in the fist half,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “We went to a box-and-one and it seemed like it was a different game after that.”
Bolingbrook will play No. 1 seed Oswego on Friday for the regional title.
Mike Wisz led Lemont with 18 points while Balciunas and Martynas Einikis each added 17 points.
Balciunas was hot early for the Indians (23-4) connecting on his first four three-pointers, with his last giving Lemont a 17-15 lead with 2:42 left in the opening quarter. Lemont led by as many as eight points in the second period before Bolingbrook stormed back to tie the game at 38-38 by halftime.
After a Nixon dunk, a Balciunas basket tied the game at 46-46 with 4:45 left in the third quarter. Bolingbrook forced several Lemont turnovers while at the same time the Indians went cold from long distance. Moore’s basket with 50 seconds left capped the pivotal run that extended the Raiders lead to 58-49 after three quarters.
“We were distributing the ball more and boxing out way better,” Williams said. “We just got out on their shooters.”
Lemont was able to cut the deficit to 60-54 after an Einikis three-point play with 5:45 remaining in the game, but could not mount much of an offensive threat down the stretch.
“We made some mistakes that were uncharacteristic of us during that stretch,” Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. “We were chasing foul trouble and had shots stop falling that were falling in the first half.”