BOYS BASKETBALL

No. 1 Bloom Twp. bowls over Thornton boys

2012-02-18T21:45:00Z 2013-11-07T22:15:33Z No. 1 Bloom Twp. bowls over Thornton boysBy Dwight Haislet Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 18, 2012 9:45 pm  • 

HARVEY | Lejavius Johnson and the Bloom Township boys basketball team wanted to jump all over Thornton early and once they had the Wildcats down, the Blazing Trojans wanted to keep them down.

Johnson and teammates were able to do that on their way to a 58-47 victory over the Wildcats. Johnson scored 16 and added five rebounds. Teammate Donald Moore finished the game with 14 points for the Times No. 1 Blazing Trojans. The Wildcats were able to get into their offense and start hitting shots in the second half, but they were never able to cut the lead to single digits.

"We wanted to put our foot on their throats from the beginning," Johnson said. "In the second half we got kind of sloppy too so we're not too proud of this win but overall we're just happy we got the 'W'."

Johnny Griffin had a strong day on the boards for the Blazing Trojans (23-3) bringing down 11 rebounds. Moore was able to hit two big threes early in the game, and after leading by eight at the end of one, Bloom was able to open up a 15 point lead at the half.

"We knew this was a rivalry game," Moore said. "We just wanted to get on them early and keep up the lead and hopefully get everybody in the game and get into our bench."

The Wildcats (10-13) were unable to match the intensity of the Blazing Trojans early and were never comfortable in the role of playing catch up. Bloom outshot the Wildcats 27 to 9 from the free-throw line, hitting 21-of-27 attempts.

"That's kind of been the story of our season," Thornton coach Troy Jackson said of the Wildcats' game of catch-up. "We struggled to get back in the game and we made it a little bit respectable at the end but it was too big of a mountain to climb at the end of the game."

At halftime, former Thornton coach Sam Cameli was honored. He coached the Wildcats from 1982-1994 and made two trips to the Class AA state tournament.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

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

Need Your Drains Cleaned?

Jack & Vernon's Septic Service is here to help you out! We…

Featured Businesses