By Bob Narang, Special to the Tribune
5:13 PM EDT, March 12, 2014
Bolingbrook failed to achieve its goal of winning its regional, but the senior class set a strong standard for the next group of Raiders.
Last season, the Raiders were 20-8. They entered this season with a big hole in the middle of the starting lineup. Six-foot-7 Ben Moore, a key contributor for Southern Methodist this season, had been the face of the program.
Without Moore's leadership and consistent double-doubles, the Raiders (22-6) endured some growing pains but finished atop the Southwest Suburban Blue Conference with a 12-2 mark.
The Raiders' season came to an end with Friday's 66-63 loss to Geneva in the Class 4A Plainfield East Regional final. The Vikings scored 34 points in the fourth quarter to win their first regional since 1986. Bolingbrook junior guard Prentiss Nixon scored 24 points in the loss.
Coach Robert Brost he took the loss hard because of the team's closeness and each senior's growth. The Raiders' five seniors included Kenneth Williams, Shakur Triplett, Joshua Dillingham, Gage Davis and C.J. Redmond.
"The five seniors came so far from when we first got them, and that's what makes it so hard," Brost said. "They all grew in maturity, made academic improvements, and that makes it so difficult."
The 6-6 Williams missed part of the season with a meniscus injury and will play for Northern Michigan next season. Dillingham, who is receiving interest from several NAIA schools, became one of the leaders on the team. The athletic Davis stepped into a bigger role this season that will prepare him to play for IUPUI, and Redmond had a productive final season.
Redmond is headed to Des Moines Area Community College. Triplett, a 6-6 center, will play for Ashford University.
"Shakur has come so far as far as maturity and improved so much on the floor," Brost said. "C.J. was a vocal leader for us, and Josh was one of the more underrated players in our area. Gage worked hard and played really well for us. Kenny really matured as a leader in the last three and four months."
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