By Drake Skleba
For the Bugle 

Willowbrook, Stubblefield III, lead Warriors past Romeoville in shootout


Last updated 2/9/2020 at 11:27am

In the final game of the day, in the five-game, The 'Ville Shootout at Lewis University in Romeoville, the host Spartans (14-13) took to the court against the Willowbrook.

Led by 35 points from senior guard Everett Stubblefield III, the Warriors rallied past the Spartans and 70-55. Stubblefield knocked down seven shots from beyond the arc.

The Warriors (10-16) also received 17 points, including three 3 's, from senior guard Sam Tumilty.

Romeoville was led by their Fresno State-bound senior Destin Whitaker, with 24 points, including six baskets from beyond the arc.

Romeoville, led by 16 first half points from Whitaker, took a 33-28 lead into their halftime locker room.

Stubblefield III (17 points) and Tummilty (10 points) scored all but one of the 28 Warrior first-half points.

In the opening minute of the third quarter, Whitaker buried his fifth three-pointer of the game to give the Spartans a 36-28 lead. Over the next two minutes, the Warriors scored 12 consecutive points for a 38-36 lead with 5:13 in the third quarter.

Stubblefield and Tumilty hit back-to-back three's to give the Warriors a 44-38 lead. Tailing 45-38, Whitaker knocked down his sixth three-pointer to keep the Spartans close at 45-41 and Willowbrook would hold a 46-41 lead after three quarters.

Stubblefield scored 12 fourth-quarter points igniting a 20-4 run that put the game away for Willowbrook.

"We came out with no energy in the second half," Romeoville coach Marc Howard said. "We just stopped playing. I have no idea what happened."

Six-foot-5 Spartan center, Travis Trice, just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.


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