Plainfield East (12-7, 6-2) used their quickness, length and size to force the smaller Minooka lineup into committing twenty turnovers. On offense, the Bengals had a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double-digits en route to the victory in Southwest Prairie action.
Plainfield East led 28-26 at halftime and broke the game open in the third quarter connecting on 7-of-10 shots from the floor while limiting Minooka (11-12, 4-4) to just four made baskets. A three-point play by Myles Ward (11 points) gave the Bengals a 37-30 lead with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter. Aaron Jordan (11 points) then followed with a basket and later a three-pointer to extend the Bengals lead to 44-32 with 1:40 left in the third.
Plainfield East senior Nick Novak scored a team-high 17 points (4-of-8 shooting) and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line, most importantly connecting on two attempts with 1:15 left in the game to put Plainfield East up 53-45.
BY THE NUMBERS
Plainfield East was 18-of-41 (44 percent) from the floor compared to Minooka connecting on 19-of-33. The Bengals were an impressive 17-of-21 from the free-throw line. Senior Mark Tomac-Geers led Minooka with a game-high 23 points (11-of-13 shooting).
“We figured that we could pressure their guards a little bit into making some tough decisions and that created some opportunities for us,”— Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said.