North’s first-half blast
rocks BNL as Cougars
claw to 67-55 victory
By Justin Sokeland
The kids were not hot tonight. Not when defended, not even when wide open from 15 feet. At some point, Bedford North Lawrence’s youthful exuberance was going to be washed away by waves of experienced reality. At some point, the Stars were going to struggle in the deep end.
They dove into murky water on Saturday night, and couldn’t paddle to the surface, drowning in the Jallow end as Bloomington North gushed to a 67-55 victory in BNL Fieldhouse. North star Musa Jallow, a Division I recruit who already has a standing offer from Indiana University, scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while powering the Cougars to a win in their season opener.
If BNL had a shot at its first true signature victory, it had to make some. Anything. Drop a trey, swish a free throw, convert a short-range jumper. Unfortunately, the Stars fired more blanks than a movie stuntman with Clint Eastwood’s prized Magnum.
While BNL was suffering from rim disease in the first half, the Cougars were making almost everything, draining six 3-pointers during a devastating second-quarter run that was ultimately the difference. North exploded to a 41-20 halftime lead, and only BNL’s grit and determination – quite impressive for such a young group – kept the blowout from expanding.