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Bloom had a pretty simple plan for attacking Hinsdale South Saturday night during the Crete-Monee Shootout: Speed up the tempo and rebound.
The No. 20 Blazing Trojans took control early against the Hornets, scoring the games first 14 points and then settling into cruise control for a 55-37 win.
Bloom (7-2) will now focus on defending its McDipper tournament title when its starts play December 26 at 1:30 against Phillips.
“We were sluggish coming out of the third quarter and we have to learn to speed up the tempo in that quarter,” Bloom coach Jasper Williams said. “We still haven’t defined our roles which last year we were a little more confident going into it.”
Jared Johnson led the Trojans in the first half, scoring 11 of his game-high 14 points in helping his team build a 34-19 lead at the break. Senior Nhyree Mitchell had eight of his 12 points during that span, while Johnny Griffin was the other Trojan player in double-digit scoring with 10.
The Trojans out-rebounded the Hornets 22-7 in the first half, and scored 14 second chance points.
“We were getting some good shots and executing better,” Johnson said. “We were boxing out nice and getting to the right spots.”
The Hornets (2-8) started the third with a 7-2 run to pull within 36-26, but would get no closer the rest of the way. Tyler Zampa had six points to lead Hinsdale South.