Sunday, April 1, 2012
The coach's team went 27-2 in the regular season and set records for the school and for the Southwest Prairie Conference.
Plainfield East High School basketball coach Branden Adkins has been named Class 3A/4A coach of the year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Adkins led his team to a 27-2 regular season finish as well as first-place conference and regional championships, both firsts for the four-year-old school. The team was the first in Southwest Prairie Conference history to go undefeated in a season, winning their first 14 games and losing only one regular season game. Team center Brian Bennett was a candidate for Mr. Basketball in Illinois. Adkins will be honored at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's 40th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on April 28 at Illinois State University in Normal.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Bengals beat District 202 rivals Plainfield North, Plainfield Central on back-to-back nights.
The Plainfield East boys basketball team eclipsed an important milestone for the third-year program Wednesday at East. For the first time in its history, Plainfield East beat District 202 and Southwest Prairie Conference rival Plainfield Central 60-48. “That’s the first time we’ve beaten Central and we beat North for the first time last night,” Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said. “We’re playing better basketball. We’ve limited our turnovers, we’ve been rebounding a lot better and sharing the ball. “We broke the streak of losing to North and Central, our in town rivals,” 6-fooot-8 junior center Brian Bennett said. “Now, we have to finish off the season against (Plainfield) South in the next couple of weeks. It’s about keeping this …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Bengals come out flat and Naperville Central takes advantage in a 56-48 win.
NAPERVILLE–With no school Tuesday, and a lack of fans traveling to Naperville Central to lend support, Plainfield East’s boys basketball team came out flat. The lack of energy early on hurt the Bengals, as they couldn’t get back on track quickly enough in a 56-48 non-conference boys basketball loss to the Redhawks. Deontre Brown drilled four three-pointers in the fourth quarter, but Central had already established a 10-point lead at that point and was able to hang on for the win. “We have to have energy within the team,” Brown said. “We have to have energy for defensive purposes, to get open on the floor, to hit open shots. We need that energy as a team. If we don’t have that, it’s hard for us to play. We didn’t bring it right from the …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Big fourth quarter by Bengals' junior Dee Brown proves to be the difference in boys basketball win over Minooka.
There is an old saying in sports that the cream always rises to the top, and at Plainfield East that was the case as 6-1 junior guard Dee Brown overcame his early-game scoring funk in time to help the Bengals pull out a thrilling 50-46 victory over Minooka on Friday night. “I was struggling early, but my coaches told me to hang in there and keep playing hard and let the game come to me,” Brown said. All Brown did was score the last eight of his team-high 12 points for the Bengals (5-3, 1-2) during the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead basket with 23 seconds left. He hit a pull-up jumper in the lane to give the Bengals he lead 48-46. Brown would add an insurance basket with 2.6 seconds left after teammate Myles Walters (7 points) stole…
Friday, November 26, 2010
Plainfield East's boys basketball team overcomes 11-point halftime deficit to beat Lincoln-Way East in Lincoln-Way North's Pheast of the Phoenix Tournament finals.
Plainfield East's boys basketball team hoped to kick off its season by repeating as champion of Lincoln-Way North's Pheast of the Phoenix Thanksgiving Tournament. That goal looked to be in jeopardy on Friday after Lincoln-Way East jumped out to a 15-4 advantage and still owned a 34-23 lead at halftime. But the Bengals responded to the adversity by turning up the defensive pressure in the second half. Plainfield East used a 10-0 third-quarter run to get back into the game and added a 17-2 spurt in the final period en route to a 59-48 victory in Frankfort. Leading the way for the Bengals (4-0) was Deontre' Brown, who was selected as the Tournament's MVP after scoring 18 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. With his team trailing 44…
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Bengals jump out to big early lead and coast to victory in the Pheast of the Phoenix Tournament in New Lenox.
Although the football season is over at Plainfield East and Lincoln-Way West high schools, the Bengals blitzed the Warriors during the first quarter of their boys basketball game Tuesday night in New Lenox. The result was a 25-7 lead and an eventual 71-51 victory for Plainfield East in the second round of the Pheast of the Phoenix Thanksgiving Tournament at Lincoln-Way West. "We knew coming into the game, they got a nice win last night, their first in school history, and it was going to be a tough time," Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said. "We always feel like they are gunning for us. We weren't going to take anything for granted. We knew we had to come out with a lot of energy, and we did." "All we talked about was our defense," …