DANVILLE — The Bloomington High School boys basketball team found the defensive intensity they had been lacking in recent games Friday night at Danville.
Add to that, junior forward Lonnie Lawrence continuing his dominance on both ends of the court to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double in a row for the Purple Raiders.
Those ingredients led to an easy 53-37 victory for Bloomington in the Big 12 Conference game as the Purple Raiders stayed perfect for the season and improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 conference. Danville dropped to 5-2, 1-1.
"We played great fundamental defense tonight and kept control of the game," Bloomington coach Ron Rose said. "We never let Danville get into their offensive sets. The defense was as good as its been all year."
The defensive effort was evident early in the game as Bloomington limited Danville to six first-quarter points en route to a 16-6 lead. The Raiders upped the advantage to 28-17 at the half and outscored Danville 14-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding 42-25 lead with one period to play.
Junior guard Justin Bocot, leading the Raiders at 21.8 points per game, finished with 14 points and four steals for Bloomington while Cory Hainlen added 11 points and five rebounds. Lawrence also had four assists and three steals for the Raiders.
Andreas Coleman scored 14 points to lead Danville.
"This was a very physical game and I thought we responded well to the physical play," Rose added. "I thought we showed a lot of mental toughness and determination to get this win. It was a good team win."
The Raiders are on the road again today as they travel to Elgin for a 6 p.m. contest against Schaumburg in the Elgin Community College Shootout.