Bloom cruised to its seventh Southland Conference victory Friday night by dominating Rich South 56-36 on the road. The Blazing Trojans may have found the defensive identity first-year coach Ron Ashlaw has been searching for as they limited the Stars to just 12 first-half points.
After a three-point bucket by Rich South’s Denzel Kimbrough off the opening tip, Bloom (14-7, 7-1) shut down the Stars’ offense and finished the quarter on a 12-2 run.
Senior forwards Jared Johnson (25 points, 6 rebounds) and James Coleman (18 points, 10 rebounds) proved to be too much for the interior defense of Rich South (10-13, 3-5). Kimbrough and junior Jeremy Ruffin each scored eight points for the Stars.
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Bloom’s starters scored 52 of the team’s 56 points, as all five starters found their way into the scorer’s book.
“We need to have a defensive identity to go with the scoring in order to make a run.” – Ashlaw