By Clyde Travis
Freshman Luwane Pipkins came off the bench to score 12 points and spark Bogan to a 71-41 victory over Taft in the Public League quarterfinal at Chicago State on Sunday.
The Eagles jumped out to a brief 13-10 first quarter lead, but Bogan responded with a 10-0 spurt to close out the quarter leading 20-13.
Pipkins entred the game in the second quarter and drained three consecutive three-pointers. A three-point play by Martell Brewer helped the Bengals pull away to a 32-13 lead with 1:58 remaining in the second quarter.
Bogan (23-2) took a 39-20 lead on a tipped dunk by Devonte Smith with 4:18 remaining in the third quarter. The Bengals then went into their version of the four corner spread as they took turns breaking down the Eagles defense for back door layups and drives to the basket.
Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin said that he felt their quickness was a big advantage.
We knew they couldnt keep up with us in the open court and we wanted to keep forcing the tempo, Goodwin said. The freshman came in and gave up some real good minutes and opened the game up with the long ball.
Pipkins said it felt good to contribute. It is all about team play and my number was called today, said Pipkins. I am glad the coach had that kind of confidence in me in a big game like this. Pipkins shared scoring honors with Kendall Wesley with 12 points each. Brewer had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Joshua Doss scored 18 points and Tim Reamer added 10 for Taft (19-7).
Those three pointers really allowed them to dictate the style of game that was played," Taft coach Bret Nashibayashi said. "They are a very good team and when they can get you to play at their tempo, its trouble.
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This Week's Scores
Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10
Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14
Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7
Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13
Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21
Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7
Phillips 27, Sterling 14
Dunlap 21, Washington 0
Morris 43, Raby 8
Rochester 31, Highland 14
IC Catholic 7, Byron 0
Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2
Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8
Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14
Tuscola 21, Athens 14
Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8
Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.
1. Something's got to give
What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.
2. Kris Dunn for real?
Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.
3. Watch out for Devin Booker
We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.