Central can't hold early lead

Central can't hold early lead

CHAMPAIGN — Brady Rose took over in the second half and led the Bloomington Raiders to a 63-51 Big 12 boys’ win against the Maroons on Wednesday night at Combes Gym.  

The game was a tale of two halves.

Central jumped on Bloomington right from the opening tap. The Maroons built a 21-7 first-quarter advantage. Sean Suggs scored 13 of his team-high 20 points during that run, including three three-pointers. Bloomington clawed back to pull within 27-22 at the half.

“The execution was real good,” Central coach Wayne McClain said. “I think the big lead ended up hurting us overall because we got a little too comfortable.”

Indeed, it did.

Central maintained control late into the third, leading 40-29 with about two minutes left in the quarter. Then it all fell apart.

During the next 81/2 minutes, the Raiders went on a 29-3 run.

“We just wanted to match their intensity,” Bloomington coach Michael Mosley said. “We felt like maybe they’re getting a little tired, let’s keep going at them.”

It was during that 29-3 stretch that Rose did most of his damage.

“We didn’t do a good job on (Rose),” McClain said. “We missed a couple of assignments, and really we had nobody who could guard him.”

Rose scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth and outscored the Maroons 25-24 in the second half.

Spencer Brown



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