Bogan guards Darrion Jones (11) & Antoine Bloxton (3)
CHICAGO - "No respect. We don't even look at the rankings. They didn't even call me to see who we had at our school. They just writing articles. They don't know. Y'all do...they don't. They only made us #2 to make a good game. They probably still want Morgan Park to be in front of us but we not tripping."
Bogan head coach Arthur Goodwin aka "Goody" continues to stand on his team being the Rodney Dangerfield of Chicago basketball after the #2 ranked Bengals dubbed the #9 Simeon Wolverines 76-54 last night. (If you're unfamiliar, Dangerfield was a comedian known for his catchphrase "I don't get no respect") They knocked off the then #2 Morgan Park Mustangs last week and the #1 Bloom Trojans lost at Thornton last night so the only logical move is to give Bogan that #1 spot.
It was a 14-12 Simeon lead after 1 but it was ALL Bogan for the last 24 minutes of action. The Bengals outscored Simeon 30-16 in the second quarter to take a 42-30 lead into the half.
Senior Antoine Bloxton had 12 of his game high 20 points in the third quarter with a couple of slick fastbreak finishes as Bogan extended the lead to 15. He screamed "here we go! Let's blow them out!" Bogan applied more pressure in the 4th and left Bob Hambric court with a 22 point victory.
Junior guard Darrion Jones played a great floor game at the point and was most impressive getting all 15 of his points at the free throw line. He was extremely poised going 15-15 as most of them hit nothing but the bottom of the net.
The Morgan Park backcourt of Illinois commit Adam Miller and Wake Forest commit Marcus Watson Jr. along with the Whitney Young duo of Duke commit DJ Steward & senior Tyler Beard are at the top of the food chain in the Public League. Add the underappreciated Bloxton/Jones combo to the mix as they've shown and proved this season leading Bogan to an 8-0 start.
Goody loves the feeling of being the underdogs. "We just been working man. All the coaches know us. Y'all know us but a lot of people don't know us. The media don't know us. We been working hard for the last 10 years. We won 8 straight regionals. We got 9 regionals and I've only been coaching here 11 years. We've won the city championship now we're trying to get a state championship."
The Bengals almost had that state title last year as they were up as much as 14 points against a tough East St. Louis squad but late game turnovers and lack of discipline led to them finishing class 3A runner ups. "We lost the game by the little things. We were up 13 or 14 on that team. They weren't better than us. We just made mistakes," Goody said. "We gotta learn how to box out. In order to win state you gotta be able to do everything and do it the right way. When we play against Morgan Park the referees let us play sloppy. When you get to the regionals and sectionals, those referees gon call everything. We're working on being able to move our feet and being a disciplined city team. We wanna be known as a disciplined city team that plays hard as hell!"