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Bocot, BHS able to put away Urbana

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BLOOMINGTON - After watching Justin Bocot score 19 first-half points, Urbana High School basketball coach Travis Courson had seen enough.

He aimed a box-and-one defense at the Bloomington star the second half, holding him to four points, but the rest of the Purple Raiders stepped up to secure a 64-45 triumph Friday night at the Robert Frank Sports Complex.

"We said let's make everybody else beat us," Courson said. "They knocked shots down still. I've got to give them credit for other guys stepping up when we were trying to take Bocot out."

The outcome ran Bloomington's winning streak to four games as they improved to 17-5 overall and 9-2 in the Big 12 Conference.

Urbana (6-15, 3-7) is seeded 16th in the Champaign Centennial Sectional complex compared to second for the Raiders. No. 1-seeded and No. 10-state ranked Champaign Central (20-3, 10-1) lost to Decatur Eisenhower (16-4, 8-1) Friday night, 58-55.

Bocot was 8 of 14 from the field to help BHS shoot 46 percent compared to 32 percent for Urbana. His 23 points included 6-of-6 free throw shooting.

"We played pretty good," Bocot said.

"We played together. Everybody was on the same page.

"I expected it to be a close game because usually we play like three quarters. We don't play four."

Bocot treated fans to a complete demonstration of basketball skills ranging from fastbreak dunks to a 3-pointer to slashing drives for acrobatic shots.

Plus he made several nifty assists and steals.

"Justin shot the ball really well," Rose said. "When he is seeing the floor, setting his teammates up, it makes it especially hard to guard him because then he's got it all going. He can be a one-man wrecking crew."

Lonnie Lawrence added 10 points and nine rebounds for BHS, which was outrebounded, 34-32.

"Lonnie was all over the glass," Rose said. "I thought he made a number of hustle plays also, just keeping balls alive."

D'Metri Riggs and Cory Hainlen chipped in eight points apiece for BHS. Riggs, a 6-foot-1 freshman, helped the Raider reserves outscore their counterparts, 23-10.

"It was big that D'Metri played well tonight because (starter) Brent Holtz was sick and really didn't play but a minute in the second half," Rose said.

The contest was evenly played the first six minutes before BHS launched a 10-0 run, which began with a conventional three-point play by Bocot and ended with his 3-pointer. Sandwiched in between were two Hainlen hoops.

"It was a good solid win for us," Rose said. "I think we had a nice business-like approach. I wouldn't say we played great, but we executed well enough to get the win."

BHS took a 36-18 lead into the second half, which it opened with a 6-2 surge to gain its biggest lead at 42-20 with 5:00 left in the third quarter.

"It's good for us to play teams like this who are athletic," Courson said. "It makes you learn how to handle pressure."

Urbana, which received 16 points from Ryne Brownfield and 11 from Alan Douglas, cut the gap to 44-30 with 3:03 left in the third quarter, but got no closer.

"There were times they would cut that lead, but we seemed to respond," Rose said. "Our defensive intensity picked up and we created some nice opportunities for ourselves. We were able to get out in transition a little bit."

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