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Chicago Elite Classic Tickets on Sale in Athletic Office! The Varsity Bulldogs play in the highly prestigious Chicago Elite Classic at the UIC Pavilion, this coming Saturday, December 5th at 2:30pm against nationally ranked Gonzaga Prep from Washington DC. Pre-Sale tickets are on sale in the Athletic Office for $10. If you wait to get your tickets, they will be $15 at the door. There will also be a fan bus. Permission slips for the fan bus are available in the Athletic Office as well. All pre-sale tickets will be available until Thursday at 3:30pm. Get you tickets today and let's have a great crowd this Saturday at UIC to cheer on the Bulldogs!
Varsity Rolls Oak Park and Sophomores Come Up Short! The Varsity Bulldogs were clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively in championship game of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic against Oak Park River Forest. The Dogs fell behind early 7-0, before regrouping and taking a 9-7 lead and the Dogs never trailed again. The Bulldogs led 18-12 after 1 quarter and 35-30 at halftime, before opening the game up a bit in the late third quarter, leading 53-42 after three quarters, before finishing with a very impressive 72-52 victory. Tournament MVP, Daniko Jackson led a balanced Bulldog attack with 17 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Jalen Clanton added 13 points. Mark Smith chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds, while sophomore Ryan Cicenas had 12 points and 6 rebounds. The Bulldogs got great defensive production from Amari Smith, Dean Zigulich and Calvell Randall off the bench. The win moves the Bulldogs to 4-0 overall. The Dogs have a big weekend coming up, with their first conference game on the road on Friday, December 4th at Wheaton Academy (7:30pm) and play in the Chicago Elite Classic on Saturday, December 5th at 2:30pm at UIC Pavillion. Tickets for the Chicago Elite Classic are available in the RB Business or Athletic Office this week for $10. They are $15 at the door, so get your tickets at RB this week and save a little money.
The Sophomore Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and lead 15-10 after 1 quarter, but struggled making shots in the 2nd quarter, trailing 24-22 at halftime to Oak Park. The Dogs then had too many turnovers in the third quarter and dug themselves a 16 point deficit early in the fourth quarter. However, the Bulldogs did not give up and cut the Huskies lead to 4 points with about 3 minutes to play but couldn't get over the hump, eventually falling 52-46. Donald McCurdy had 20 points for the Bulldogs, while AJ Meindl chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs are 2-1 overall and travel to Wheaton Academy on Friday, December 4th at 6:00pm
Varsity Puts Away Lake Park and Sophomores Win Big! The Varsity Bulldogs came out strong and led Lake Park 10-0 in the first quarter and 12-4 at the end of one quarter. The Bulldogs led 26-18 at the half and did not capitalize on poor shooting and 16 turnovers by the Lancers. Lake Park made it a ball game in the third quarter, trailing the Bulldog 37-34 after three. However, the fourth quarter was all Bulldogs, highlighted by some big baskets by senior Daniko Jackson. The Dogs finished with a 63-47 victory. Daniko Jackson led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 4 assists. Jalen Clanton added 13 points. Mark Smith had another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Cicenas chipped in 12 points and 4 steals. The Bulldogs improve to 3-0 overall and face Oak Park-River Forest at 5:30pm today for the championship of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic.
The Sophomore Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-5 first quarter lead against Lane Tech. Lane didn't back down in the second quarter, cutting the Bulldog lead to 16-14. The Dogs scored the last 6 points of the quarter to take a 22-14 lead into halftime. Then the Bulldog defense picked up and their run continued, outscoring the Indians 22-0 in the third quarter to take a 44-14 lead after 3. The Dogs then finished out the game, defeating Lane Tech 54-19. Drew Pitlik and AJ Meindl each had 11 points for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are now 2-0 and take on Oak Park River Forest at 4:00pm for the championship of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic.
Varsity and Sophomores Both With Hard Fought Wins! The Varsity Bulldogs came out with a ton of energy in the first quarter against St. Laurence, forcing the Vikings into many early turnovers and it looked like the Dogs were going to run away with the game early, taking a early double digit lead. But the Vikings settled down and didn't quit and cut the Bulldog lead to 22-17 after one quarter. The Vikings outplayed the Bulldogs in the second quarter, which saw the Bulldogs trail 33-30 at halftime. The third quarter was fairly even and the score was tied 46-46 at the end of the three. The fourth quarter was all Bulldogs, as they held St. Laurence to only one field goal in the quarter and prevailed with a 60-52 victory. The Bulldogs showed great balance in the game with all five starters scoring double figures. Mark Smith led the way with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Daniko Jackson added 13 points and 7 steals. Jalen Clanton had 12 points, James Kaczmarczyk added 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Sophomore Ryan Cicenas chipped in 10 points. The Dogs improve to 2-0 and take on Lake Park at 6:00pm on Friday, November 27th in their third game of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic.
The Sophomore Bulldogs overcame a poor shooting performance and battled De Paul Prep in a very close game from start to finish. The Dogs trailed 15-13 at halftime and came out very strong in the third quarter taking a 29-23 lead after 3 quarters. The Dogs made some mental mistakes down the stretch, which allowed De Paul to have a shot to win it at the end, but the Dogs held on for a 35-34 victory. Freshman Zach Vaia led the Bulldogs with 11 points. AJ Meindl chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds, while Jason Bageanis added 8 points. The Dogs are 1-0 and take on Lane Tech at 4:30 pm in the second round of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, November 27th.
Varsity Opens Season With Win vs. Rich Central! The Varsity Bulldogs opened the season with a 87-73 victory over the Olympians of Rich Central. The Bulldogs started slow in the 1st quarter, trailing 15-13 after one. The Dogs then got it together and exploded for 31 points in the second quarter and led 44-36 at halftime. Despite battling massive foul trouble, the Dogs extended their lead to 15 points after three quarters and to as many as 24 points with 3 minutes to play, before finishing with the 87-73 victory. Junior Jalen Clanton led the way with 28 points and 8 rebounds, while senior Daniko Jackson added 24 points (15-17 from the free throw line), 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Junior guard Amari Smith came off the bench and added 8 points and 6 assists, while senior James Kaczmarczyk added 7 points and 7 rebounds. Despite playing limited minutes because of foul trouble, Mark Smith led the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds. Next up for the Bulldogs are the Vikings of St. Laurence at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 25th. Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic Schedule Announced! The 13th Annual Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic schedule is announced. See the link on the left for the complete history of the tournament and the 2015 schedule for Freshman, Sophomore, and Varsity.
Historic Season Comes to An End For the Bulldogs! The Varsity Bulldogs had a phenomenal 2014-15 season come to a disappointing end on Tuesday, March 17th to the hands of eventual State Champion, Stevenson 62-45. The Bulldogs fell down early and battled the rest of the way, but couldn't get over the hump. Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs in that game with 10 points and 14 rebounds. It was a season of milestones for the Bulldogs. The Dogs started the season strong by defeating Oak Park in the championship of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic. The Dogs then went on to win 15 consecutive games, before falling to Lake Forest in the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. The Dogs went undefeated in the Metro Suburban Conference, winning their 14th consecutive conference championship. The Dogs also set a school record for number of wins in a season with 28, finishing 28-4 and breaking the almost 90 year old record set by the 1925-26 team of 25. The Dogs then went on to defeat Oak Park for the second time this season to win their 7th IHSA Regional Championship in school history and 4th since Coach McCloskey took over in 2001. The Dogs then won their 2nd sectional game in school history, defeating Curie 83-73, before defeating Morton 66-61 in front of an electric sold out crowd to win the first IHSA Sectional Championship in school history, advancing to the Elite Eight of Class 4A. These were many of the tremendous team accomplishments obtained throughout the year. Individually Coach McCloskey won his 400th career game in the regionals against Lindblom and he was also named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. We had 4 players named all-conference, Jalen Clanton, Daniko Jackson, Mark Smith, and Sam Johnson was named conference MVP. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association named Sam Johnson 3rd Team All-State, Daniko Jackson Special Mention, and Jalen Clanton Honorable Mention. The Suburban Life Newspaper named Sam Johnson All-Area MVP, Daniko Jackson was All-Area and Jalen Clanton and Mark Smith were honorable mention. Lastly, Sam Johnson broke a 50+ year old single-season rebounding record, breaking Tom Kondla's record of 382 in 1962-63, with 390 rebounds. The coaching staff wishes seniors, Sam Johnson, Ryan Hanley, Jake Lucas, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Paul Sitkiewicz the best of luck in their futures. They have been great players, leaders, and most importantly teammates during their 4 years at RB and have laid the foundation for the younger players in the program. There is a lot to be optimistic about moving forward within the Bulldog Basketball Program!
Sectional Champions! The Varsity Bulldogs earned the first Sectional Championship in school history tonight with their 66-61 victory over Morton. The atmosphere was electric. The student sections were both awesome. This Sectional Championship game was everything that is great about high school sports. The Bulldogs led 17-10 after one quarter and 35-26 at halftime and seemed to be in full control. Morton switched from their various box and one and zone defenses to man to man in the second half and turned the game around. The Dogs turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the second half and Morton capitalized. Morton would not back down and took a 47-46 lead after three quarters. The game was back and forth in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs trailed 59-58 with about 2:30 left in the game, but went on a 8-2 run to close out the game. Timely defensive plays and free throws secured the hard fought victory for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs showed great balance placing four players in double figures. Junior Daniko Jackson led the way with 17 points and 8 assists. Sophomore Jalen Clanton added 15 points, while 6'7 junior Mark Smith finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 huge blocks in the fourth quarter. Senior Sam Johnson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Dogs continue their record setting season and improve to 28-3 overall on the season. The Boy's Basketball program would like to thank all of the students (the 6th Man), and all fans and community members that came out to support the Bulldogs. Your support is truly appreciated. We need you guys next week as, the Dogs advance to the Elite Eight (Super-Sectional) in Class 4A on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00pm vs. Stevenson.
Also Congratulations to Kevin Fitzgerald to advanced to the IHSA State three point contest, by winning the Sectional with 11 makes out of 15 attempts. Kevin will shoot at Carver Arena in Peoria on Thursday, March 19th in the late afternoon to try and win the state three point contest! Good luck Kevin!
Varsity Advances To Sectional Championship Game! The Varsity Bulldogs and Curie Condors played an exciting uptempo game in the Sectional semifinal at Morton East High School. The Dogs trailed 18-14 after one quarter and the game was tied 38-38 at halftime. The Bulldogs took a 5 point lead into the fourth quarter and closed out the game with the 83-73 victory. Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Sophomore Jalen Clanton had 22 points and 6 assists, while fellow sophomore Henry Trelenberg added 16 points and 4 rebounds. Paul Sitkiewicz came off the bench to contribute 9 points and 5 rebounds. Junior point guard Daniko Jackson was sensational, handling the Curie pressure defense and played a solid overall floor game with 5 points, 7 assists (only 1 turnover), and 5 rebounds. The Bulldogs as a team did a great job handling the Curie pressure with only 9 turnovers on the evening. Kudos to Curie Senior Joshua Stamps who played a tremendous game and gave it all he had with 36 points. The Dogs shot the ball really well, going 11-21 (52%) from three point range, 17-31(55%) from two point range, and 15-18 (83%) from the foul line. The Dogs improve to 27-3 on the season and take on the winner of the Morton vs. St. Ignatius game in the Sectional Championship on Friday, March 13th at 7:00pm at Morton East High School. Tickets will be available pre-sale in the RBHS Athletic Office beginning on Wednesday afternoon. Come out and support the Bulldogs.
Varsity Bulldogs Regional Champions! The Varsity Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-5 first quarter lead against Oak Park River Forest and led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, before taking a 32-18 lead into halftime. The Huskies continued to scratch and claw their way back into the game. The Dogs led by double figures most of the second half, but Oak Park continued to fight, before the Bulldogs held on for the 67-61 victory. Daniko Jackson led the Bulldogs with 20 points, including 12-12 from the free throw line. Mark Smith added 18 points (13 in the first quarter) and 7 rebounds. Jalen Clanton chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. Leading Scorer, Sam Johnson played limited minutes because of foul trouble and still had 11 rebounds on the night. Sophomore Henry Trelenberg chipped in 7 points and 7 rebounds. The win, also sets the single season record for wins in a season at RB with 26, as the Dog improve to 26-3. The regional title is RB's first since 2011 and Coach McCloskey's fourth since taking over the helm in 2001-2002. It is also only the 7th regional championship for the RB Basketball program in over 100 years of playing boy's basketball. The Bulldogs move on to the sectional where they take on Curie on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00pm at Morton East High School.
Varsity Bulldogs Improve to 25-3! Take On Oak Park Friday in Regional Championship! It was a night of milestones for the Riverside Brookfield Basketball program. The team recorded it's 25th victory, which ties the school record for wins in a season (and is the most in the modern era). Coach McCloskey also recorded his 400th career victory, putting him in an exclusive group of coaches that have achieved this plateau. However, none of the Bulldogs were celebrating either of these accomplishments after their 77-40 trouncing of Lindblom. All the players and coaches can think about is their regional championship game on Friday, March 6th at 7:00pm vs. Oak Park River Forest at Leyden High School (East Campus). The Dogs started out strong vs. Lindblom, leading 48-17 at halftime and the lead surged to 46 points in the second half, before finishing with the 77-40 victory. Sam Johnson led the way for the Bulldogs with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore Jalen Clanton had 11 points and 6 assists, while classmate Henry Trelenberg added 11 points. The Bulldogs made 14 three pointers in the game. We hope to see a huge crowd of Bulldog supporters at Leyden, Friday night, cheering the Bulldogs on!