CHAMPAIGN — Bloomington High School’s basketball team fell into an early 14-4 hole Tuesday night. Once the Purple Raiders found their stride, they sprinted past Champaign Central, 75-59, in a Big 12 Conference game.
BHS (4-2, 3-1) used its superior depth to speed to a 23-20 lead after one quarter and a 32-26 edge at halftime. The Raiders then outscored Champaign 43-33 in the second half to pull away.
“They had guys asking to come out of the game,” BHS coach Micheal Mosley said. “We realized that and we continued to try to dictate the pace. We saw that they were gassed.”
Junior guard Brady Rose scored 15 points to lead the Raiders, who had 13 assists, nine steals and only 10 turnovers.
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Jake Romani added 11 points, while Antonio Sims and Izayah Donnelly scored 10 each.
Xavier Martin led Champaign with 14 points. Christopher Hutchinson added 12.
“They had only been using about seven buys. We try to go as deep as we can and use everybody, and there’s no drop off,” Mosley said.
“The difference is the confidence right now. We got going early this year and we have a lot of trust in what we’re doing now. So we’re shooting the ball at a high percentage.”