Too often this year for Bogan, it's been the Luwane Pipkins show.
Bogan's convincing 73-57 road win over Hyde Park in the second round of the Chicago Public League tournament Thursday offered a glimpse of how proficient the Bengals can be if the sharp-shooting sophomore guard gets support from the interior.
"That's the key to the whole season now, getting our big guys rolling," said Pipkins, who scored 24 points. "If all of those guys get going like this, we'll be hard to beat."
A quarterfinal matchup with Simeon on Sunday afternoon at Chicago State will test that premise. But the Bengals (16-8) looked like a team poised to make noise in March, chiefly due to their 44-26 edge on the glass. Six players had at least six rebounds, and Pipkins was joined by three others who scored in double figures — Brandon Berry (11 points), Juwan Savage (13) and Juwan Henry (14).
The tide began to turn as Pipkins started to heat up. As has been his habit, he struggled in the first half, scoring four points on 1-for-9 shooting. His 12 points in the third were instrumental to the Bengals building a 56-47 lead heading into the fourth after the teams went into halftime deadlocked at 33-33.
A 10-3 burst to start the fourth stretched the lead to 66-50 with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left.
The Bengals' dominance on the glass came in the form of several second- and third-chance baskets, and they attempted 17 more shots (65-48) than the Thunderbirds (19-7), who came into the game riding a nine-game winning streak.
"We haven't been getting anything from our big guys, especially in big games," Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin said. "Today was a perfect time for them to show up to give Luwane some help."
Player of the game: Luwane Pipkins, Bogan, 24 points.
Key performers: Bogan — Juwan Henry, 14 points, 6 rebounds; Juwan Savage, 13 points, 6 rebounds. Hyde Park — Phillip Lee, 16 points; Marcus Smith, 14 points.