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Bogan brings ‘grimey’ style back in win over Vocational

Having a talented team and a star player like Luwane Pipkins has led to some special opportunities for the Bengals this season. But coach Arthur Goodwin was happy to be back playing Public League basketball after a 71-47 win over Vocational on Sunday in the Chi-Town Conference Showdown at Young.

“We aren’t Hollywood,” Goodwin said. “We are grimey. So it’s good to be back home. We were definitely ready to get back to the Red South.”

It was grimey for about a quarter and half, but Bogan (7-0) took over with a 12-2 run to close the second quarter. The Bengals led 40-29 at the half and never looked back.

Luwane Pipkins and James Jones each scored 17 for Bogan.

“It doesn’t matter to me where or who we play,” Pipkins said. “Our goal is just to win state.”

Jordan Bell, a 6-7 junior, scored 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers (4-1). Keeshawn Palmer added 11 points and nine rebounds and guard Jerald Allen scored 11.

“We came out a little sluggish in the first half,” Pipkins said. “But we picked the energy up in the second half.”