BOYS BASKETBALL

Blazing Trojans' defense leads to easy win over Thornton

2012-03-06T23:00:00Z 2014-01-20T22:11:50Z Blazing Trojans' defense leads to easy win over ThorntonBy Ken Karrson kenneth.karrson@nwi.com, (219) 933-4192 nwitimes.com

LOCKPORT | This time, Bloom Township left no doubt.

After requiring a furious fourth-quarter rally to escape disaster in last Friday's regional final against Sandburg, the Blazing Trojans seized control of Tuesday night's Class 4A Lockport Sectional semifinal much earlier.

Bloom was nine points ahead of Thornton by halftime, and the disappearance of the Wildcats' offense over the last 16 minutes made it easy for the Blazing Trojans to advance deeper into the postseason. Holding Thornton to four points in the second half, Bloom (26-3) registered a 44-24 victory that earned it a berth in Friday's sectional title game.

The Blazing Trojans will meet the winner of tonight's semifinal clash between Homewood-Flossmoor and Andrew.

"(Last) Friday was a big eye-opener," said Bloom senior guard Lejavius Johnson, who scored a game-high 17 points. "We stayed more consistent throughout this game."

Despite the close call his club had a few days before, Blazing Trojans coach Jasper Williams wasn't fearful of a repeat.

"This is a veteran team," he said. "We didn't have to say anything (to them) about Friday night. Our seniors have been leaders all year, and we had a couple good days of practice."

Then Bloom went out and had a very good game night. The Blazing Trojans' defense was the key — it held the Wildcats (13-16) to one basket over the last 18 minutes.

"It was all about hustle out there," said Bloom forward Johnny Griffin, who finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

"We wanted to come back and play harder (after Friday), and we did a better defensive job. We were not letting anybody drive the lane."

Marcus Ford did some early damage for the Wildcats from the perimeter, but the senior guard did not score after the first quarter. His 10 points still led Thornton, which went 8-of-37 from the floor.

Although disappointed with the outcome, Ford was proud of the Wildcats' run to a regional championship following a losing record in the regular season. He said it laid a foundation for next year's players.

"It shows them not to give up," Ford said. "Play hard through thick and thin because anything can happen."

 

 

 

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which school has the area's best girls cross country team?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses