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Joliet West's Carl Terrell (3) drives to the base line around Bolingbrook's Shakur Triplett (42) held at Joliet West Joliet, Illinois and West lost on Friday January 11, 2013. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Joliet West was on the verge of completing a tension-packed comeback.
Bolingbrook’s Ben Moore had been having an off night.
But when the chips were down, the visiting Raiders turned to their 6-8 senior, and he delivered.
With 3.3 seconds remaining and West leading 65-64 in Friday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue showdown, Moore used 6-6 Kenny Williams’ pick, went up and cleanly grabbed the long and perfect inbounds pass from Kendall Guyton outside the top of the key. He took two dribbles down the lane and laid in the game-winner as time expired for a 66-65 Raiders victory.
“Coach [Rob Brost] drew up a great play during the timeout,” Moore said. “He knew the time that was left and told me exactly how many dribbles I could take and still beat the time.
“It was a little nerve wracking, those last couple seconds. But I’m very happy now.”
The last-second heroics spoiled West’s bid to turn the tables. The Tigers (9-5, 3-2) led 21-13 after one quarter. Bolingbrook (12-4, 4-1) was up 31-28 at half, 50-45 late in the third quarter and 61-51 midway through the fourth before the incomparable Morris Dunnigan led a West charge that featured two huge three-point baskets by Ryan Modiest (18 points) and another by Carl Terrell (nine). Dunnigan scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.
“Morris is one of the best players in the state,” Brost said. “He showed that tonight. And so is Ben (Moore). He made the play to win the game.”
Moore hit 2 of 10 shots and closed with nine points. However, sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon (15 points) hit his first four three-point shots of the second half, three to help the Raiders build their 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Guyton scored 14, Williams 12 and Shakur Triplett seven off the bench in the second quarter, when Bolingbrook outscored West 18-7 to erase its early deficit.