Lincoln-Way East Class 4A Sectional: Bolingbrook Flexes Its Muscles In Win Over West Aurora

By Roy and Harv Schmidt

March 7, 2017

10:30 P.M. CST

After watching Bolingbrook thrash one of their opponents back in December, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye was on record as saying that this is undisputably the best team that their varsity boy's basketball coach Robert Brost has ever had.  And with that come high expectations, with many observers believing that the Raiders should be a lock to reach the Class 4A state finals in Peoria.

Brost's club has certainly lived up to its billing, and continued to do so tonight with a convincing 85-66 win over West Aurora in a Class 4A sectional semifinal contest at Lincoln-Way East High School.  With the win, Bolingbrook advances to the sectional final on Friday night where they will await the winner of tomorrow night's game between Joliet West and Joliet Central.

West Aurora came out ready to play and outplayed Bolingbrook in the first quarter, racing out to a 17-14 lead after eight minutes.  From there, however, it was pretty much all Bolingbrook.  West Aurora simply had too many turnovers and as a result Bolingbrook was able to turn their defense into a high-powered transition offense which created frequent scoring opportunities.

6'5 2017 power forward Malik Binns led the way for Bolingbrook with 21 points and was the beneficiary of his team's outstanding guard play.  With that in mind, he was amptly supported by 6'1 2018 point guard Kaleb Thornton with 16 points and 5'9 2019 point guard Joseph Yesufu with 15.  6'1 2019 2-guard Tyler Cochran provided instant offense in the first half for the Raiders and finished with 11 points.

While 6'6 2017 wing forward Nana Akenten did not have a big game scoring-wise, he was stellar at the defensive end, as he did a super job on West Aurora's highly athletic 6'3 2018 guard Camron Donatlan.  West Aurora was led in scoring by 6'0 2018 2-guard Damian Virgen with 27 points.

There is no question that Bolingbrook has shown considerable maturity all season long, having eliminated the selfishness that would plague them in the past, exercising better shot selection, and utilizing their transition game to the fullest to the point where it is a major offensive weapon.  And having done so, they have put themselves in a great position to be playing into the final weekend in Peoria.

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