DECATUR - Justin Bocot scored a game-high 26 points and freshman D'Mitri Riggs added 18, including five 3-pointers, as Bloomington High School ended its regular season with an 82-59 victory over Decatur MacArthur in a Big 12 Conference contest Friday night.
The win was the seventh in the last eight games for Bloomington (20-6, 11-2) and gave the Purple Raiders their fourth straight 20-win season.
"I think the kids are proud of getting the 20th win," said BHS coach Ron Rose. "It's the first time in school history a team has won 20 four straight years."
BHS got off to a fast start with Riggs making four 3-pointers in the opening quarter to help the Raiders grab a 27-15 lead. They extended the advantage to 43-25 by halftime.
"Riggs got us off to a great start," said Rose. "The first half we were really clicking on all cylinders. The kids did an excellent job of making the extra pass and finding the open man. It was pretty basketball."
BHS stumbled a bit in the third quarter, allowing Decatur MacArthur (8-15, 4-9) to pull within 52-45. But with Bocot scoring eight straight points to open the fourth quarter, the Raiders closed out the game with a 30-14 run.
"We had a little letdown in the third quarter but we were able to regroup," said Rose. "The kids caught on that we make more points by making more passes."
BHS sank 32 of 58 field goal attempts for 55 percent.
Lonnie Lawrence added 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Raiders. Brent Holtz handed out six assists, while Riggs had five assists and Bocot four.
"Defensively, Decatur is really tough to guard," said Rose. "We played well when our defense was set but struggled with our transition defense. But it was a great win and we seem to be hitting on all cylinders going into the regionals."