Bloom passes road test

Mad­dox Jr. scores 19 points as Bloom bat­tles to road win over H-F

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Clark [email protected] Twit­ter @mikeclarkpreps

Bloom’ s Dante Mad­dox Jr. leads the­way over H-F.

Ju­nior guard Dante Mad­dox Jr. was pre­pared for Bloom’s first ma­jor test on the road Fri­day night at Home wood-Floss­moor.

“Their crowd ... is re­ally sec­ond to none,” Mad­dox Jr. said. “They let me have it. But I knew I had to stay com­posed and stay fo­cused on the task.”

Mad­dox Jr. did just that, help­ing the Blaz­ing Tro­jans weather a slow start and a style of play that was so phys­i­cal that H-F star Is­sac Stan­back lost his shoe while get­ting fouled.

With Mad­dox Jr. scor­ing 19 points and Dono­van Newby adding 17, Bloom held on for a 57-53 win.

Stan­back led H-F (5-2) with a game-high 21 points.

The Blaz­ing Tro­jans (10-0) man­aged just two bas­kets in the fourth quar­ter, none in the last four min­utes. They also fin­ished with­out the in­side pres­ence pro­vided by 6-foot-10 Mar­tice Mitchell, who fouled out with 3 min­utes, 39 sec­onds left.

“It’s def­i­nitely a chal­lenge, but this is some­thing our team is made for,” Mad­dox Jr. said. “We have so much depth, if one of our starters — one of our main peo­ple — comes out, some­body else steps up.

“It hap­pens ev­ery game.” Bloom needed all the help it could get to beat H-F for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

The Vikings led 7-0 in the first 95 sec­onds, forc­ing Bloom coach Dante Mad­dox to take a quick time­out.

Mad­dox Jr. didn’t blame the slow start on the rau­cous at­mos­phere.

“I feel like it was us,” he said. “We were mak­ing some care less, lack­adaisi­cal mis­takes. That’s what got the crowd into the game.”

The Blaz­ing Tro­jans climbed back into con­tention and went ahead to stay in the sec­ond quar­ter. Newby led the surge by hit­ting three long 3-point­ers.

“A lot of coaches don’t give their play­ers the free­dom to shoot shots like that,” Dante Mad­dox said. “It looks good when they make them. When they miss, it looks bad.”

But he wasn’t ex­pect­ing many misses.

“I’ve seen it at prac­tice all the time,” Dante Mad­dox said. “Dono­van shoots deep, Dante shoots deep and they’re able to hit them.”

H-F tried a va­ri­ety of de­fenses to neu­tral­ize the out­side threat, shift­ing from a 2-3 zone to a 3-2 zone to a man-to-man. But Bloom was just ef­fec­tive enough from the perime­ter to pre­vail.

“That’s what makes them tough,” H-F coach Marc Con­dotti said. “They can­make those shots when they need to and they’re pretty ac­cu­rate with it.”

GARY MIDDENDORF/DAILY SOUTHTOWN PHO­TOS

Bloom’s Dante Mad­dox Jr. makes a move up the court against Home­wood-Floss­moor on Fri­day. Mad­dox Jr. scored 19 points.

Bloom’s Dono­van Newby, right, makes a move against Home­wood-Floss­moor’s Trace Williams.

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