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Bolingbrook’s Ben Moore ended his recruitment last month when he committed to play at Southern Methodist University over Illinois and Colorado St., and the 6-8 forward showed why he became a hot commodity during the past few months.
Moore led the Raiders to a 70-59 victory Wednesday night over Rich South, which had no answer for the future Mustang on either end of the floor as he scored 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
“I’m working hard as ever before and I want to get us as far as we can go, but I have to give my teammates most of the credit for communicating with me on defense and finding me on offense.”
Moore’s performance didn’t come as a surprise to his head coach who has been one of his biggest supporters since his arrival at Bolingbrook.
“When you have a player of that caliber, that’s what you expect him to do,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “You expect him to work hard and lead the team.”
Besides the all-around performance by Moore, the Raiders didn’t impress their head coach.
“We played OK at times, and we didn’t play well at times,” he said. “It’s always better with a win than a loss, but I think our guys thought they might be better than they are and that it’s going to be easy every night.”
Sophomore point guard Prentiss Nixon played well for Bolingbrook as he added 20 points and senior Kendall Guyton added 12 points, two of which came on a thunderous one-handed dunks.
Stars’ senior guard Demitri Strickland had a strong performance in the second half and finished the game with seven points and four assists, William Murphy added eight points, Darius Lee scored 10 and Bryce Lydon chipped in seven points and five rebounds.
Rich South was able to keep the game close early on as it trailed 25-23 after the first quarter but the Stars managed just four points in the second quarter and couldn’t overcome the deficit.