Homewood-Flossmoor (7-6, 4-1),entered Friday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue battle at Bolingbrook atop the SWS Blue standings.
Late Friday night, the Vikings returned home stillinfirst place but saddled with their first conference defeat. Bolingbrook (7-5, 3-1), led by junior guard Devon Sams’third-quarter explosion, ambushed the Vikings, 65-55, to pull within a half-game of the league lead.
H-F went on an 8-0 run tocut a 14-point Bolingbrook lead to 36-30 with 3:36 left in the third quarter. Sams, recently returning from a knee injury, along with 6-foot-4 juniorDimitriAkenten (nine points, seven rebounds), ignited a 17-4 Raider run that concluded in the fourth quarter.