Thornton (19-5, 12-2 Southwest Suburban Red) went 13 players deep in the first half up 36-22. Bradley (19-5, 10-4) couldn’t solve the Wildcats’ press and tenacious defense. The Wildcats start regional play next week at Lincoln-Way Central. The Wildcats’ Justin Taylor left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury and didn’t return.
Tied 8-0, the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run for a 17-8 lead they never relinquished.
Thornton’s Brian Davis had a double-double off the bench, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
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Jamani Pierce and D’Quan Applewhite each had 12 for the Wildcats. Micah Bradford led the Boilermakers with 15, Levester Harris added 10, while 6-7 sophomore Zachary Hollywood had 11 points and five blocks. The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 30-15.
“I have 16 players and any one of them can start. We’ve been practicing hard everyday, going five-on-four. When we are out there five-on-five it’s a little easier.” — Thornton coach Troy Jackson