BRADLEY — There have been very few nights in which Donald K. Turner Gymnasium at Bradley-Bourbonnais has been as packed with people and electric emotion as it was Friday night, when the Boilermakers hosted Moline in the IHSA Class 4A Bradley-Bourbonnais Regional championship game.

With Moline’s arrival also came the arrival of the second-ranked team in the IHSA Class 4A AP Poll, as well as a homecoming for former Boilermaker standout Owen Freeman, last year’s Daily Journal Player of the Year, and his brother, sophomore Braden, who transferred from Bradley-Bourbonnais after last year.

Thanks in part to Freeman’s current Moline teammate and future University of Iowa teammate, point guard Brock Harding, who went 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the first quarter, the Maroons took early control and never let it go in an emphatic 71-39 win that gave them their second straight regional and 34th in program history.

Mason Schweizer is an award-winning reporter who has been with the Daily Journal since 2017 and sports editor since 2019. Save for time at the University of Illinois and Wayne State College, Mason is a lifelong area resident.

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