BLOOMINGTON — With their leading scorer and rebounder on the sideline in street clothes, the Bloomington High School basketball team didn’t miss a beat Friday night.

The Purple Raiders bounced back from a Big 12 Conference road loss earlier in the week with a 70-32 trouncing of Urbana at the Robert Frank Sports Complex.

Ranked seventh in Class 4A, BHS raced away in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 19-9 behind an 11-0 run over four minutes to improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

“They’re really fast, and we didn’t want them to speed things up on us too much,” said Raiders coach Micheal Mosley. “We did a good job of keeping them in front of us, and we were able to execute well.”

Mosley said it was a coaching decision that kept Chris Payton out of the game. The Southern Illinois-bound Payton leads the Raiders with 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

BHS’ game scheduled for Saturday at Springfield Lanphier has been postponed due to pending weather. A make-up date has not been set.

The Raiders pulled away in the second quarter behind a series of fastbreaks off turnovers, offensive rebound putbacks and free throws to take a 40-16 lead into halftime. BHS shot 16 of 25 from the floor in the first half, mostly on inside conversions.

Sophomore guard DeMarco Clayton and senior Donzell Johnson led the Raiders with 13 points apiece.

Urbana (10-10, 1-4), which averages nearly 23 3-point attempts a game, shot just 19 percent from the floor in the first half, including 1 of 8 from downtown.

Urbana’s top two scorers — juniors Payton Sheen and Chris Cross — had just four points combined. That duo usually accounts for nearly 20 points a game.

“We did a good job of chasing those two,” Mosley said. “It seemed like we threw them off a little bit the way we defended them.”

BHS went up by 30 on Caleb Donaldson’s putback bucket with 4:50 left in the third quarter, and that was the margin at 58-28 at the end of the third quarter that gave the Raiders a running clock for the final quarter. Donaldson finished with eight points.

Junior forward Bryson Tatum led Urbana with 10 points.


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