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Burford and Bolingbrook smoke Brother Rice and into Tosh Classic final four; Joliet West runs past Benet Academy for third place at Pontiac

In York High School's 49th Annual Jack Tosh Holiday Classic, Bolingbrook took on the Brother Rice (10-4) in a semifinal. Led by its version of the The Three Amigos, Bolingbrook (9-3) ran past Brother Rice 83-69.

Darius Burford (30 points), Kai Evans (18 points) and Isaiah Stafford (15 points), led the all-out assault on the Chicago Catholic Blue Crusaders.

The onslaught began in the first quarter as Bolingbrook jumped out to a 24-14 lead. The Raiders extended the lead to 44-31 at the half. Brother Rice played the Raiders even in the third quarter and the Raiders put the game away in the fourth quarter.

In the 89th Pontiac Holiday Tournament third-place game, Joliet West (12-2) ran-past Benet Academy 61-48. The Redwings (8-4) jumped out to a 14-7 lead at the end of one quarter.

After the letdown of the Tigers' heart-breaking 68-60 semifinal loss to eventual Pontiac Holiday Tournament Champion Curie (11-0), the Tigers woke up in the second quarter, outscoring the Redwings 16-7 to grab a 23-21 lead the break.

The Tigers scored 20 points in the third quarter to increase their lead to 43-34 after three quarters and went on to the 61-48 victory.

West was led in scoring by Jamere Hill, who scored a game-high 21 points. Jeremy Fears, Jr. tallied 14 points and Ashaun Burbridge chipped in with an even dozen,for West.

The Redwings were led by their Johns Hopkins-bound center Colin Crothers, who scored 12 points and hauled down eight rebounds. Senior Colin Gillespie added nine points, while junior Jack Proc chipped in with seven points.

In their semifinal defeat, to eventual Pontiac Holiday Tournament Champion Curie, Joliet West jumped out in front in the first quarter, leading the Condors 16-11 behind junior Trent Howland (13 points, eight rebounds). Curie answered with a 30-point second quarter to lead at halftime. 41-33.

Curie extended its lead to 57-45 after three quarters. The Tigers mounted a furious fourth quarter rally, led by junior Aiden Lee (18 points), Dakhari Jaudon (eight points) and Hill (13 points).

Jaudon's jumper brought the Tigers back to within 61-54, with 3:53 left. With the huge Tiger contingent roaring, Hill hit a pair of free-throws, to bring the Tigers to within five at 61-56 with 2:43 left. The Tigers got no closer and fall to Curie 68-58.

Lockport (7-6) and Plainfield North (6-4) both went 1-2 at Pontiac. On Friday, the Porters edged the Tigers 54-53 in a consolation game.


Plainfield Central (9-5), Downers Grove North (8-5) and Joliet Catholic (6-7) all went 2-2 in Aurora.


Maine South (6-6) split their four games in Hinsdale, falling to Richards in the consolation championship game 62-56.


Romeoville (8-7) went 2-2 in the 2019 Orphan Classic, defeating Tipton (TN) 67-58 on Saturday behind 20 points and eight rebounds, from Fresno State-bound Destin Whitaker. Junior Trayton Trice just missed a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Keedan Foster added 12 points and Mason Toles-Naji chipped in with 10 points.


Joliet Central (6-9) won for the second consecutive game defeating North Chicago 63-46. The Steelmen, were led by Ashawn Pitchford, who scored 13 points, while Brandon Jacquavious added an even dozen points. Sam Martin chipped in with 11 points.

Plainfiield South (3-10) won one game in Bloomington, a 50-44 victory over Calumet (IN) Tech on Friday.


Plainfield East (3-11) suffered through an 0-4 week at the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament


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