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Evanston Hands Bulldogs 2nd Loss Of Season! The Varsity Bulldogs came up short against the Wildkits of Evanston in the When Sides Collide Shootout held at Glenbard East High School. The Dogs trailed 21-17 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 35-32 at halftime. The Dogs cut the Evanston lead to 2 or 1 point numerous times throughout the second half, but couldn't get over the top and take the lead. Daniko Jackson hit two free throws with 6 seconds left to cut the Evanston lead to 64-63. The Dogs fouled right away and Evanston star Nojel Eastern hit two free throws to make the Bulldog deficit 66-63. Daniko Jackson had a great look to tie the game at the buzzer and unfortunately it went halfway down and popped out. Jalen Clanton led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Sam Johnson added 20 points and 9 rebounds. Daniko Jackson chipped in 11 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. The Bulldogs fall to 17-2 overall and start the second round of conference play at Wheaton Academy at 7:30pm on Friday, January 30th.
Varsity Bulldogs Win Battle at Illiana Christian! Sophomores Struggle Offensively in Loss! The Varsity Bulldogs started out strong, leading by as many as 9 points in the first quarter, but Illiana Christian wouldn't go away, cutting the Bulldog lead to 22-17 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter, Illiana Christian played very well and took a 38-35 lead into halftime. The Dogs came out strong in the second half, limiting Illiana to just 22 points and finished with a hard fought 73-60 win in a very tough environment. Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Mark Smith had a solid game with 16 points (on 8-9 shooting) and 8 rebounds. Daniko Jackson added 13 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Henry Trelenberg added 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Dogs improve to 17-1 overall and take on a very talented Evanston team at 4:30pm, Saturday, January 24th in the When Sides Collide Shootout at Glenbard East High School.
The Sophomore Bulldogs were tied with Illiana Christian 10-10 after the first quarter and got outscored 18-1 in the second quarter, trailing 28-11 at halftime. The Dogs played better in the second half cutting the Illiana Christian lead to 6 points with about 2 minutes to play, but ended up losing 52-44. Curtis Baker had 10 points. Doushon Whitaker came off the bench and added 8 points. Jack Jurgens made two key three pointers late in the game to contribute 6 points. The Dogs fall to 12-4 overall and travel to Wheaton Academy on Friday, January 30th to play the Warriors at 6:00pm.
Varsity Bulldogs Win Entertaining Game vs. St. Pius X from Houston! The Varsity Bulldogs won a very entertaining game against a very talented team from St. Pius X of Houston, TX. The Dogs led 19-17 after one quarter and led 29-26 at halftime. The Dogs played a very solid second half increasing their lead by as my as many 18 points in the mid fourth quarter, before finishing with the 67-55 victory. Mark Smith played a great game with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. Sam Johnson was his usual steady self with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kevin Fitzgerald came off the bench and played very solid with 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Sophomore Jalen Clanton added 9 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Daniko Jackson added 6 points and 11 assists. Clanton was assigned the duty of guarding St. Pius, high-scoring, Texas Tech bound guard, Jordan Jackson and held him to 8 points and only 2 field goals. The Bulldogs improve to 16-1 overall and are currently ranked number 10 in both the Chicago Sun Times and on Comcast Sportsnet. The Dogs play again on Friday, January 23 at Illiana Christian to take on the Vikings in the Metro Suburban Conference Crossover game at 7:30pm.
Sophomore Bulldogs Improve to 12-3 Overall! The Sophomore Bulldogs came out with a lot of energy and set the tone for the game in the first quarter, leading 18-9 after one. The Dogs played even better in the second quarter and increased their lead to 38-22 at halftime, behind 7 first half three pointers by the team. The Dogs led by as many as 24 points in the 4th quarter, before finishing with the 68-48 victory. Jalen Brooks led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Curtis Baker added 20 points and 5 assists, while Jamari Wise chipped in 8 points and made numerous hustle plays. The win improves the Bulldogs record to 12-3 overall. The Bulldogs play next on Friday, January 23rd at 6:00pm in the Metro Suburban Conference Crossover game at Illiana Christian High School.
Varsity and Sophomore Bulldogs Finish First Round of Conference Play Undefeated! The Varsity Bulldogs started out quickly but cooled off immediately in the first quarter. The Dogs jumped to a quick 7-0 lead, but gave up 9 unanswered points to trail Glenbard South after one quarter 9-7. The second quarter didn't get any better for the Bulldogs as they trailed 28-21 going into halftime. However, the second half was all Bulldogs as they outscored the Raiders 44-25 to take the 65-53 victory. Sophomore Jalen Clanton paced the Bulldogs with 22 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Sam Johnson added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. 6'7 Junior Mark Smith had 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Sophomore Henry Trelenberg added 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Bulldogs improve to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Bulldogs play next on Saturday, January 17th in the Martin Luther King Dream Classic at Whitney Young High School. The Bulldogs take on St. Piux X from Houston, TX at 3:00pm. St. Pius X is a traditionally strong program in Texas who made the Final Four in the state playoffs in 2014.
The Sophomore Bulldogs started very slow, trailing the Raiders of Glenbard South 8-7 after one quarter. The Dogs were slightly better in the second part of the second quarter and took a 32-21 lead into halftime. The Dogs turned up their defensive intensity in the second half which led to many easy baskets as they opened up a 31 point lead, before finishing with the 53-27 victory. Jalen Brooks had his second straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Curtis Baker added 10 points and 4 steals. Jamari Wise and Caleb Lucas were both very solid with 7 points and 4 rebounds each. The Sophomore Bulldogs improve to 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Dogs play again on Saturday, January 17th at 9:00am at Glenbard East High School.
Varsity Bulldogs Take Sole Possession of First Place In Conference! Sophomores Stay On Top Also! The Varsity Bulldogs responded to their loss in the championship of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic with a convincing win over Elgin St. Edward, giving the Green Wave their first loss in the conference, as the Bulldogs were tied with them coming into the game. The Bulldogs led 17-6 after one quarter, 40-23 at halftime and increased their lead to as many as 39 points before finishing with the 87-51 victory. The Bulldogs had great balance again with 5 players scoring in double figures. Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Daniko Jackson added 16 points and 8 assists. Jalen Clanton had 13 points, while Mark Smith and James Kaczmarczyk had 10 points each. The Bulldogs improve to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Bulldogs play again on Friday, January 9th at 7:00pm at Glenbard South High School.
The Sophomore Bulldogs played well in spurts, leading 34-22 at halftime. The Bulldogs played better defense in the second half and led by as many as 25 points in the mid fourth quarter before finishing with the 57-37 victory. Curtis Baker led the Bulldogs with 21 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. Jalen Brooks had a double double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs improve to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Dogs travel to Glenbard South to take on the Raiders at 5:30pm on Friday, January 9th.
Varsity Bulldogs Fall To Lake Forest in Jack Tosh Holiday Classic Championship Game! The Varsity Bulldogs dropped their first game of the year at the hands of a very talented Lake Forest team in the championship game of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic held at York High School. The Dogs had a great run in the tourney going 4-1, but couldn't handle the strength of the Scouts in the 69-42 defeat. RB led 13-10 late in the first quarter, but it was all Lake Forest after that as they went on a 11-0 run to close out the quarter. The Dogs trailed 21-13 after one quarter and 32-21 at halftime. They did everything they could to get back in the game in the second half, but shots didn't fall and Lake Forest took advantage of every Bulldog miscue. Daniko Jackson led the Bulldogs with 12 points and 6 assists, while Mark Smith added 8 points. Congratulations to Sam Johnson and Daniko Jackson for being named to the all-tournament team. The Dogs are currently 13-1 overall and ranked number 12 in the Chicago Sun Times. The Dogs play next on Tuesday, January 6th at 7:00pm at home vs. Elgin St. Edward.
Varsity Bulldogs Dismantle De Paul Prep! Advance to Jack Tosh Holiday Classic Championship! The Varsity Bulldogs started fast and never looked back against De Paul Prep. The Bulldogs were clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively, leading 12-2 after the first quarter and 34-13 at halftime. The Bulldogs expanded the lead to 51-15 with about a minute left in the third quarter before clearing the bench, finishing with the 61-38 victory. Daniko Jackson led the Bulldogs charge on both ends of the floor with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Sam Johnson added 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Mark Smith added 8 points and Henry Trelenberg chipped in 7 points. The Bulldogs (ranked number 12 in the Chicago Sun Times) improve to 13-0 and take on Lake Forest High School (13-0 and ranked number 8 in the Chicago Sun Times) in the championship game of the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, December 31st at 3:00pm.
Varsity Bulldogs With Big Win Over St. Ignatius! Advance to the Semifinals of the Jack Tosh Tournament! The Varsity Bulldogs held off a very good St. Igantius team, ranked number 19 in the Sun Times, 68-60 to advance to the semifinals of the Jack Tosh Holiday tournament. The Dogs for the better part of the game, taking a 28-23 lead into halftime. The Dogs led for the better part of the second half, but St. Ignatius did take a very brief two point lead in the third quarter. The Dogs responded and never looked back leading by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter before finishing with the 8 point victory. 6'7 Senior Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs with 19 points and 21 rebounds. Junior point guard Daniko Jackson added 19 points including some clutch free throws late in the game. 6'7 junior Mark Smith added 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Dogs improve to 12-0 overall and take on a very talented De Paul Prep team at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 30th at 6:30 pm in the semifinals of the Jack Tosh tournament at York High School.
Varsity Advances to Quarterfinals With Great Balance In Win Vs. York The Varsity Bulldogs improve to 11-0 and move on to the quarterfinals of the Jack Tosh Tournament with a 64-48 victory over the host York Dukes. The Dogs led 20-9 after one quarter and 28-23 at halftime before taking control for most of the second half. The Dogs showed great balance in the victory with Sam Johnson leading the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jalen Clanton added 14 points and 8 assists, while Junior Mark Smith contributed 14 points and 5 blocked shots. Junior Daniko Jackson also chipped in 13 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. The Dogs next match up is on Monday, December 29th at 5:00pm vs. a very talented St. Ignatius team.
Sophomores Rebound With Win vs. St. Laurence The Sophomore Bulldogs won a very sloppy game against St. Laurence, taking third place at the St. Laurence Big Gold tournament. The Dogs led 22-16 at halftime and led 31-21 after 3 quarters, before blowing the game open in the fourth quarter and finishing with a 53-35 victory. Jalen Brooks and Ryan Cicenas each contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Curtis Baker chipped in 8 points. The Bulldogs improve to 9-3 overall and are next in action on Tuesday, January 6th at 5:30 vs. Elgin St. Edward at RBHS.
Varsity Starts Slow and Finishes Off Lane Tech! Sophomores Lose Hard Fought Game to Marist! The Varsity Bulldogs gave up an uncharacteristic 42 points in the first half and trailed Lane Tech 42-37. The Dogs clamped down on defense in the second half and finished with a 71-60 victory. Sam Johnson and Jalen Clanton both led the Bulldogs with 21 points each. Johnson added 13 rebounds and Clanton added 4 steals. Henry Trelenberg added 14 points. The Dogs improve to 10-0 overall and take on York at 8pm on Saturday, December 27 at York HIgh School.
The Sophomore Bulldogs started out slow, trailing 18-11 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime. However, the Dogs wouldn't quit, cutting the Marist lead to 2 on multiple occasions in the second half and couldn't get over the hump, before falling 59-53. Jalen Brooks led the Bulldogs with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Cicenas added 14 points and Curtis Baker chipped in 12 points and 3 steals. The Dogs have a quick turnaround, playing St. Laurence at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 27th in the 3rd place game of the St. Laurence Big Gold tournament. The Bulldogs drop to 8-3 overall on the season.
Sophomores Open Up Big Gold Tournament With Convincing Win Over Nazareth! The Sophomore Bulldogs bounced back from a very poor offensive performance against LT with a great offensive performance that against Nazareth, that saw 4 different players score in double figures. The Bulldogs led 18-10 after one quarter and 40-25 at halftime. The Dogs blew the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring Nazareth 19-5 in the quarter before finishing with 70-40 victory. Ryan Cicenas led the Bulldogs with 23 points and 5 assists. Curtis Baker had a solid overall game with 10 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jalen Brooks and Jamari Wise also added 10 points each, while Doushon Whitaker came off the bench to contribute 5 assists. The Dogs improve to 8-2 overall and take on Marist on Friday, December 26th at 12:30pm in the semifinals of the Big Gold Tournament at St. Laurence High School.
Varsity With Hard Fought Win Over Lyons Township! Sophomores Struggle Offensively in Loss. The Varsity Bulldogs led for a majority of the game at Lyons Township, but the host Lions didn't go down without a fight. The Bulldogs led 19-11 after one quarter, but battled foul trouble throughout the second quarter and the Lions wouldn't go away. Harrison Niego made a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give LT the 39-37 lead heading into halftime. The Dogs reclaimed the lead in the second half and LT, tied it a few times, but RB led most of the way. Multiple times in the second half the Bulldogs led by 4, 5, 6 points, but LT never stopped fighting. With the score tied and 30 second to play, Daniko Jackson found Jalen Clanton in the corner for the go ahead three, that put the Dogs up 65-62. The Bulldogs made one free throw and LT made a layup with 5 second to go, to secure the final score of 66-64. Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Smith added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jalen Clanton had 14 points. Daniko Jackson added 9 points and 11 assists. The Dogs have also won 4 out of the last 5 meetings with the Lions. The Dogs improve to 9-0 overall heading into the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York High School beginning Friday, December 26th at 6:30pm vs. Lane Tech.
The Sophomore Bulldogs struggled offensively throughout the entire game. The Dogs led 15-13 at halftime, but couldn't get in any kind of sync offensively in the second half, falling to the Lions 33-27. Ryan Cicenas led the Bulldogs with 15 points. The Dogs as a team were 9-49 from the field and 3-25 from three point range, which isn't going to win many games. The Dogs drop to 7-2 on the season and begin play in the St. Laurence Big Gold Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, December 23rd at 9:30am vs. Nazareth.