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BBCHS Boys Hoops Win Big Against Coal City

By Don Collins

BRADLEY, Illinois -- The Bradley-Bourbonnais High School varsity boys basketball team won against Coal City on Tuesday (Dec. 18) by a final score of 73-49. The Boilermakers record now sits at 4-5 overall on the season, although they have won two of their last three.

 

Junior guard Deylon Johnson had a strong all-around game. He registered a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 5 assists and 2 steals. The efficiency was there in this game for Johnson as he shot 64% from the field.

 

The Boilers started out slow, only scoring 10 points in the opening quarter on 38.5% shooting. Fortunately for BBCHS, the defense was able to stifle Coal City by only allowing three made baskets for a total of 8 points.

 

With 6:41 left in the second quarter, the Boilers had increased the lead to 16-8 after a Deylon Johnson steal turned into a fast-break bucket. That was a focal point in the second quarter as they used 8 transition points off of turnovers to build a 26-12 with 2:56 left in the half. Coach Renchen elaborated on the importance of playing the passing lanes.

“Deylon provides a lot of athleticism and gets a lot of chips at the point,” Coach Renchen said. “His addition allows us to do that. With our defense, we have a 1-2-2 and we want that 1 tipping passes. He makes a difference.”

 

After a small run by Coal City to end the half, the Boilers led 30-21 at halftime.

 

The third quarter was the closest quarter in the contest. The Boilers were only able to generate a plus/minus of +1, but that was enough to push their lead to double digits once again.

 

The fourth quarter saw an efficiency explosion as the Boilermakers shot 78.6
% (11/14) from the field and 66.7% (4/6) from deep. The strong scoring effort couldn’t be matched by Coal City who were outscored 28-14 in the final frame.

 

The Boilermaker depth was on display towards the end of the game and the energy in the gym was off the charts. Ben Mathews and Asad “AD” Swayzer hit back-to-back threes to get the crowd up on their feet.

 

STAT LEADERS

  • G. Deylon Johnson led all Boilers in scoring with 19 points to push his season average to 11.6 ppg.
  • Johnson also led the team with 12 total rebounds.