Final Record: 23-6 Metro Suburban Conference Champions (12-0) IHSA Regional Champions IHSA Sectional Finalist
Game One November 24, 2010 RB vs. Manley
The Varsity Bulldogs started out the season 1-0 with a 77-57 victory over Manley. The Dogs led 20-10 after one quarter and extended that lead to 30-12 before Manley fought back and cut the Bulldog lead to 38-30 at halftime. The Dogs started the second half strong, pushing the lead back to 15-20 points for the remainder of the second half. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 22 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Charlie Morrissey had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and led the Dogs with 4 assists. Alex Dziagwa chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Nate Hanley finished with 10 points. The Dogs host Nazareth at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 26th.
Game Two November 26, 2010 Varsity Bulldogs Improve to 2-0 with Victories Over Nazareth! The Varsity Bulldogs got off to a quick start against Nazareth and never looked back. The Dogs led 44-27 at halftime and cruised to a 87-60 victory against the Roadrunners. The Bulldogs played well in every facet of the game. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 30 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Sophomore Damonta Henry added 15 points and 3 steals for the Bulldogs. Charlie Morrissey had a solid overall game with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Alex Dziagwa was the fourth Bulldog in double figures, having a near double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Game Three November 27, 2010 Varsity Fall In Championship Game of Bill VandeMerkt Classic The Varsity Bulldogs got off to a very slow start vs. Brother Rice, trailing 28-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Dogs cut the Brother Rice lead to 46-35 at halftime. The Dogs continued to chip away at the Brother Rice lead and took the lead early in the fourth quarter on an Alex Dziagwa dunk 62-60, but the Dogs struggled to score down the stretch and fell to the Crusaders 67-65. Ryan Jackson battled foul trouble most of the game and finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Charlie Morrissey continued his solid play with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Alex Dziagwa had a very good overall game with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. Sophomore Damonta Henry was steady again with 9 points and 4 rebounds. The Dogs are now 2-1 overall and head to Elmwood Park for the first Metro Suburban Conference matchup of the year on Friday, December 3rd at 7:00pm.
Game Four December 3, 2010 RB vs. Elmwood Park
The Varsity Bulldogs opened up a 26-11 first quarter lead and a 44-18 halftime lead, before finishing with an 80-43 victory. The Bulldogs demonstrated their unselfishness with 27 assists on 32 made field goals. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 4 assists. Watoris Slater had 12 points and 6 rebounds, including a nice breakaway dunk in the 3rd quarter. Jake Johnson had 12 points, while Charlie Morrissey added 10 points, 5 steals, and 4 assists. Sophomore Damonta Henry had a solid game with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Dogs improve to 3-1 overall and take on Lyons Township at 6:00, at LT on Saturday, December 4th.
Game Five December 4, 2010 RB vs. Lyons Township
The Varsity Bulldogs scored a layup off the jump ball and led the majority of the game against Lyons Township. The Dogs and Lions were tied 13-13 after one quarter. The second quarter the Bulldogs played very well and led 26-21 at halftime. The Dogs led by 6 late in the third quarter when Ryan Jackson hit a three pointer to put the Bulldogs up 9. Then, Nate Hanley hit another three pointer to put the Bulldogs up by 12. The next two possessions, Ryan Jackson hit a three pointer and then got a steal and hit another pull-up three pointer to blow the game open and put the Bulldogs up 18. The Dogs never looked back after that finishing with the 79-55 victory against the highly rated Lions. Ryan Jackson finished with 33 points and 5 assists. Alex Dziagwa had 13 points and 6 rebounds, including a dunk to put an exclamation point on the victory. Charlie Morrissey had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists, and played tremendous defense on LT's Nick Zeisloft who is going to play basketball at Illinois State University next year. Watoris Slater had a double-double in the first half and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs. The Dogs are now 4-1 overall and take on Providence on December 8th at 7:00 pm at RB.
The Bulldog Coaching Staff would also like to thank all the Bulldog fans who came out to support the Dogs in the victory. The 6th Man Student Section was tremendous, continuing to prove why they are the best fans in the State of Illinois!
Game Six December 8, 2010 RB vs. Providence
The Varsity Bulldogs got off to an extremely hot start behind 6 first quarter three point field goals by Charlie Morrissey. The Bulldog defense also got off to a quick start, not giving up a field goal to the Celtics in the first quarter en route to a 27-4 lead at the end of the quarter. Providence continued to play hard and cut the Bulldog lead to 7 late in the third quarter, but the Bulldog offensive firepower was too much and they held off the Celtics 75-61. Charlie Morrissey led the Bulldogs with 25 points, including 7 first half three point field goals. Ryan Jackson had a big second half and finished with 24 points for the Bulldogs. Alex Dziagwa had 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks for the game, including a thunderous fast break dunk in the first quarter. The Bulldogs improve to 5-1 overall and travel to Timothy Christian on December 17th at 7pm for the Metro Suburban Conference matchup.
Game Seven December 17, 2010 RB vs. Timothy Christian
The Varsity Bulldogs struggled to score early in the game against Timothy Christian, and got things going the second half of the 2nd quarter, taking a 25-23 lead at halftime. The Dogs led most of the 2nd half and Ryan Jackson, Charlie Morrissey, and Nate Hanley all made key free throws down the stretch to preserve the 62-59 victory. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Nate Hanley had his best game of the year, chipping in 15 points. The Dogs are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Dogs will next play on December 27 at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York High School at 4:00pm.
Games Eight-Eleven December 27-30, 2010 Jack Tosh Christmas Classic
The Varsity Bulldogs participated in the Jack Tosh York Christmas Classic. In the first round, the Dogs defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 69-42. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Ryan Jackson scored 33 points and with his final field goal of the night, scored his 1000th career point. This is an amazing accomplishment as there are only 9 players (Tom Kondla '65, Chuck Rysz '69, Jim Kerr '85, Tim Fedorski '92, Randy Ramsey '99, Tim Brasic '02, Chris Parrish '08, Sean McGonagill '10) in school history that have scored over 1000. Alex Dziagwa added 13 points for the Bulldogs. In the second round, the Bulldogs ran into an extremely tough Downers Grove South team. Downers dominated from start to finish and defeated the Bulldogs 77-60. The Mustangs ended up defeating Lyons Township for the tournament championship in overtime. Nate Hanley led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Ryan Jackson added 11 and Jake Johnson scored 10. In game three, the Bulldogs played South Elgin. The Dogs looked really good early on, jumping out to 7-1 lead, but couldn't sustain the effort and trailed 32-20 at halftime. The Bulldogs started playing harder in the second half, but couldn't get any closer than 3 and fell to the Storm 69-65. It was overall a very lackluster effort by the Bulldogs. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 23 points. Charlie Morrissey added 13 and Alex Dziagwa chipped in 11. In the final game of the tournament, the Buldogs defeated St. Charles East 83-72 in a high scoring affair. Ryan Jackson had an outstanding overall game with 35 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. The 35 points is a career high for points for Jackson. Alex Dziagwa also scored a career high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Charlie Morrissey added 11 points and Watoris Slater chipped in 9. The Dogs are now 8-3 overall and next play on Friday, January 7th at Glenbard South at 7:00pm.
Game Twelve January 7, 2011 RB vs. Glenbard South
The Varsity Bulldogs held off a spirited Glenbard South team for a hard fought 79-73 victory. The Dogs led 23-19 after one quarter and led 40-32 at halftime. The Dogs them built their second half lead to as many as 17 points, but the Raiders kept fighting back and the Dogs held them off for the victory. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 28 points, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Alex Dziagwa had his second consecutive double-double with 13 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Nate Hanley contributed 12 points and 6 assists, while Charlie Morrissey added 12 points and 5 assists. Watoris Slater finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds. The Bulldogs improve to 9-3 and go to St. Laurence on Tuesday, January 11th to take on the Vikings at 7:00pm.
Game Thirteen January 11, 2011 RB vs. St. Laurence
The Varsity Bulldogs played a solid overall game and their defensive effort was as good as it has been since before Christmas, defeating St. Laurence 69-50. The Dogs led from start to finish. Ryan Jackson hit a shot at the halftime buzzer to give the Dogs a 36-25 lead. St. Laurence cut the Bulldog lead to 6 early in the fourth quarter. However, Sophomore Damonta Henry scored 4 straight points to help get the Bulldog lead back to double figures. Henry scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Ryan Jackson also added 16 points for the Bulldogs. The Dogs are now 10-3 overall and travel to Fenton on January 14th at 7:00pm.
Game Fourteen January 14, 2011 RB vs. Fenton
The Varsity Bulldogs started out slow vs. Fenton and were tied 12-12 at the end of one quarter. Then with the Dogs up 25-23 in the mid second quarter, the Dogs went on a 16-2 run to close out the half with at 41-25 lead. Fenton wouldn't go away, constantly cutting the Bulldog lead to 10-12 points, however the Bulldogs continued to fight back and led by as many as 22 points in the late 4th quarter before the bench was cleared. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Alex Dziagwa contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Dogs are now 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Dogs will host Illiana Christian at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 21st in a Metro Suburban Conference matchup.
Game Fifteen January 16, 2011 RB vs. Curie
The Bulldogs traveled to Whitney Young High School to take on Chicago Public League Power, Curie, in the Martin Luther King Dream Classic. The Condors came into the game 18-1 and ranked in the top 20. The Bulldogs and Condors traded the lead for the better part of the first half. The Dogs were leading 28-27 and Curie went on an 8-2 run to close out the half, taking a 35-30 lead that was fueled by numerous Bulldog turnovers. Then to start the third quarter the Dogs continued to turn the ball over and Curie built their lead to 50-32 before the Bulldogs kept fighting back. The Dogs went on a 22-9 run of their own to cut the lead to 59-54 with the ball. The Dogs then turned it over again and Curie went down and converted a 3 point play. Much of the fourth quarter the Dogs spent behind 7-11 points and couldn't get over the top, finishing with the 73-69 loss. Ryan Jackson had a solid overall game with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Mike LeBeau hit two late three point field goals to finish with 10 points. Nate Hanley had 8 points and Luke Nortier had a solid game off the bench with 6 points and 11 rebounds. The Dogs couldn't overcome the 25 turnovers that were committed and hope to get things back on track for this Friday, January 21st at home against Illiana Christian at 7:00pm. The Bulldogs are now 11-4 overall.
January 19, 2011 The Junior Varsity pulled off a win this week by defeating Glenbard South 71-67 on Tuesday. Aaron Hill led a balanced attack with 17 points. Jake Johnson contributed 15 pts, Jordan Dahms scored 12, and Chris Duplancich had 11 points, including a 3 pointer late in the game to seal the win. The JV team is now 4-0 on the season.
Game Sixteen January 21, 2011 RB vs. Illiana Christian
The Varsity Bulldogs opened up a 40-24 halftime lead and led by as many as 22 early in the second half, but couldn't put Illiana Christian away, as they fought back to cut the lead to 4 midway through the 4th quarter. The Dogs then regrouped and finished the game with a 91-79 victory. Ryan Jackson scored a career high 40 points and broke Randy Ramsey's school record for free throws in a game, making 20. Ramsey's record set in 1999 at Yorkville was 19. It is also the first 40 point game for a Bulldog basketball player since Shatone Powers scored 40 vs. Evergreen Park in 2002. Mike LeBeau was very solid off the bench for the second game in a row, scoring 14 points and making a crucial three pointer in the fourth quarter. Alex Dziagwa had another double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nate Hanley chipped in 10 points. Ryan Jackson also contributed 9 assists in the win and as a team the Bulldogs had a very impressive 24 assists on 29 made baskets. The Bulldogs are now 12-4 overall and host Ridgewood at 7:00pm on Friday, January 28th.
Game Seventeen January 28, 2011 RB vs. Ridgewood
The Varsity Bulldogs came out very fast vs. Ridgewood and led 42-21 at the half and 70-48 after three quarters. Ridgewood kept fighting back and cut the Bulldog lead to 72-60 early in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs withstood the Rebel run and closed out a 89-68 Metro Suburban Conference victory. Ryan Jackson had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Alex Dziagwa played a great game with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Nate Hanley shot the ball well, finishing with 16 points and Mike LeBeau played a solid overall game in his first start with 15 points and 6 rebounds. The Bulldogs improve to 13-4 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
Game Eighteen January 29, 2011 RB vs. Farragut Ronald "Chops" Billinger Shootout at North Park University
The Bulldogs traveled to North Park University to take on the Farragut Admirals who were ranked number 3 in the Chicago Sun Times coming into the game. The Bulldogs trailed 16-13 after one quarter and 28-20 at halftime. The Bulldogs had plenty of opportunities to cut into the Farragut lead in the third quarter, but couldn't seem to get any shots to fall and trailed 44-30 at the end of the third quarter. The Dogs then turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter and created some turnovers and made some three pointers to take the lead by 2 with 16 seconds left in regulation. Then, Farragut scored with 6.4 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Bulldogs controlled most of the overtime. Mike LeBeau, Nate Hanley, and Ryan Jackson all made big free throws down the stretch to help preserve the 61-56 Bulldog victory. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Mike LeBeau continued his solid play by scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Charlie Morrissey chipped in 10 points. The Dogs are now 14-4 overall and take on Elmwood Park at 7:00pm on Tuesday, February 1.
Game Nineteen February 5, 2011 RB vs. Elmwood Park
The Varsity Bulldogs started out strong and never looked back against Elmwood Park, taking a 46-24 lead into halftime and finishing with a 93-54 victory. Ryan Jackson led the way for the Bulldogs with 26 points and Alex Dziagwa added 13 points. Watoris Slater and Aaron Hill both had solid games off the bench. Slater had 10 points and 9 rebounds and Hill had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Bulldogs made 12 three pointers for the game and had 27 assists on 35 made field goals. 11 different Bulldogs scored in the game. The Dogs are now 15-4 overall and 7-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Dogs host Timothy Christian at 7:00 on Tuesday, February 8th in a Metro Suburban Conference matchup.
Game Twenty February 8, 2011 RB vs. Timothy Christian
The Varsity Bulldogs took on a tough Timothy Christian team and got off to a solid start and never looked back, winning 78-60. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Alex Dziagwa had a very solid game with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Nate Hanley also added 15 points. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 16-4 overall and 8-0 in the league.
Game Twenty One February 11, 2011 RB vs. Glenbard South
The Varsity Bulldogs clinched their 10th consecutive Conference Championship with a 91-71 victory over Glenbard South. The Bulldogs made 14 three pointers, led by Ryan Jackson's 7 three pointers and 40 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. It was a tremendous performance by Ryan. Nate Hanley had 11 points and Alex Dziagwa chipped in 10 in limited minutes because of foul trouble. The Dogs are now 17-4 overall and 9-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. They take on Fenton at home at 7:00 on February 15.
RB JV vs. Ridgewood February 12, 2011
On Saturday, the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team lost a hard fought game to Ridgewood in double overtime, 72-69. Luke Nortier and Jake Johnson led the bulldogs with 18 points apiece. Johnson got fouled as he hit a shot on the baseline with time winding down in the 1st overtime. Johnson then hit the free throw to force the 2nd overtime. Aaron Hill and Chris Duplancich each contributed 12 points in the effort.
Game Twenty Two February 15, 2011 RB vs. Fenton
The Varsity Bulldogs jumped out to a 18-10 1st quarter lead and a 37-25 halftime lead before finishing with a 79-50 victory of the Bison from Fenton. The Dogs looked a little out of sync at times, but still shot the ball well with 10 three pointers. Nate Hanley led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 5 three pointers. Alex Dziagwa also had 17 points (16 in the second half) and 8 rebounds. Ryan Jackson chipped in 16 for the Dogs. The win marks the Bulldogs 11th win in the last 12 games. The Dogs improve to 18-4 overall and 10-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Dogs next travel to Illiana Christian on Friday, February 18 at 7:30.
Game Twenty Two February 18, 2011 RB vs. Illiana Christian
The Varsity Bulldogs started off slow and battled tooth and nail at Illiana Christian. The Dogs trailed 33-28 at halftime and tied it up after three quarters. With the Bulldogs leading 65-62 with 20 seconds left, Illiana Christian made a three pointer. The Dogs then brought the ball up the floor and Ryan Jackson hit a step back 17 footer with 2 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 67-65 lead and ultimately the victory. Jackson led the Bulldogs with 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Alex Dziagwa chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. It was a great win for the Bulldogs on the road in a very tough atmosphere. The Bulldogs have now won 12 out of their last 13 games and host a very talented Morton team on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7:00pm.
Game Twenty Three February 22, 2011 RB vs. Morton
The Varsity Bulldogs fell down early to Morton 14-3 after one quarter. However, the Dogs continued to fight back and cut the Mustangs lead to 30-27 at the half, after a Ryan Jackson three pointer at the buzzer. The Dogs continued to fight and took a 35-34 lead midway through the third quarter. The game was very fast paced and went back and forth. Morton went on a run to close out the quarter and led by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter. However, the Dogs kept coming back behind the shooting of Charlie Morrissey and Ryan Jackson. Trailing 70-66 with 45 seconds left, the Bulldogs had 6 shots to cut the Morton lead and couldn't knock any down. Morton then made a layup in the closing seconds to seal the victory. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 26 points and 10 assists. Charlie Morrissey had 17 points and Alex Dziagwa chipped in 10 points. The Bulldogs are now 19-5 overall and travel to Ridgewood on Friday, February 25, at 7:00.
Game Twenty Five February 25, 2011 RB vs. Ridgewood
The Varsity boys’ basketball team got off to a quick start vs. Ridgewood, leading 50-34 at halftime and scored the ball just as well in the second half, finishing with a season high 100 points in the 100-80 victory at Ridgewood. The Dogs passed and shot the ball very well. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 30 points. Alex Dziagwa had a tremendous game with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Nate Hanley had a season high 19 points. The Dogs finished the conference season a perfect 12-0, which was the varsity's first undefeated record since 2003-04. The Dogs are now 20-5 heading into the state tournament. The Dogs play the winner of North Grand/Juarez on Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30 at Nazareth.
2011 IHSA State Tournament Game Twenty Six March 1, 2011 RB vs. Juarez (Regional Semifinal)
The Varsity Bulldogs used a 12-0 run at the end of the first half to take 39-16 halftime lead vs. Juarez and cruised to an easy 80-36 victory. Nate Hanley had 13 of his 15 points in the first half. He also contributed 7 rebounds. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 8 assists. Charlie Morrissey turned in a solid effort with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. As a team the Bulldogs had 25 assists on 33 made field goals. The Bulldogs are now 21-5 overall and will travel to Nazareth for the Regional Championship game on Friday, March 4th at 7:30. The Dogs will play the winner of Nazareth and Wheaton St. Francis. Wear your blue and white and come out to support the Bulldogs! Tickets are currently on sale before school in the book store and during school in the Athletic Office for $4.00.
Game Twenty Seven March 4, 2011 RB vs. Wheaton St. Francis (Regional Championship)
The Varsity Bulldogs started out slow in the first quarter, but picked things up the final three quarters to capture their 2nd straight IHSA Regional Championship and 6th in school history with their 63-41 victory over Wheaton St. Francis. The Dogs trailed 17-13 after the first quarter, but put the clamps down defensively the rest of the game. The Dogs took a 23-22 lead into halftime and played a great second half, outscoring the Spartans 40-19. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan broke Randy Ramsey's single season scoring record of 660 points on a free throw with his 19th point. Ryan currently has 667 points on the season. Junior Luke Nortier played a great game with 15 points and 4 rebounds, while Alex Dziagwa added 12 points and 4 rebounds. The Dogs have matched last season's win total with 22 and are now 22-5 on the season. The Dogs now host Orr and Illinois recruit Mychael Henry in the Sectional on Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30. Charlie Morrissey advanced in the three point contest by making 12 threes and will shoot at about 6:50 on March 9th.
Game Twenty Eight March 9, 2011 RB vs. Orr (Sectional Semi-Final)
In one of the most exciting and electric atmospheres in Dudley Gymnasium history, the Varsity Bulldogs pulled out a thrilling 60-54 victory in double overtime. Things looked bleak for the Bulldogs early on, trailing 21-14 at halftime. At the half, the Dogs were 0-9 from three point range and had 10 turnovers. Things didn't look much better early in the second half as the Dogs fell behind 27-15. However, a layup by Luke Nortier and a three pointer by Mike LeBeau gave the Bulldogs a little energy. The Dogs ended up cutting the Orr lead to 34-33 towards the end of the third quarter. Much of the fourth quarter Orr held a 3-5 point lead. With about 1 minute and 20 seconds to go and the Dogs trailing 40-35, Ryan Jackson drove made the layup and got fouled and made the free throw, cutting the Orr lead to 40-38. Then towards the end of the game Jackson made 2 free throws to tie the lead. The Dogs held on defense with Mike LeBeau securing the rebound with less than three seconds to go. In the first overtime, things looked bad for the Dogs again, trailing 48-46 with less than 20 seconds to play. The Dogs ran some offense and Ryan Jackson made a spinning, falling layup with 3 seconds left to send the game into a second overtime. The second overtime was dominated by the Bulldogs and mainly Alex Dziagwa, as he scored 10 points, was 6-6 from the free throw line, and had an exclamation point dunk to put the Dogs up 60-51 with 20 seconds to play. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Dziagwa added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Luke Nortier added 11 points and 6 rebounds, while he and LeBeau played tremendous defense on Orr's star Mychael Henry, who is going to the University of Illinois. Ryan Jackson also broke another individual record, by making his 181st free throw of the season, breaking Randy Ramsey's record of 180 set in 1998-99. The Dogs are now 23-5 overall and take on Crane at 7:30 on Friday, March 11th at RB in the Sectional Championship! Come out and support the Bulldogs in their quest for the first basketball sectional championship in school history!
Game Twenty Nine March 11, 2011 RB vs. Crane (Sectional Championship)
A standing room only crowd at Dudley Gymnasium witnessed an exciting atmosphere for the sectional championship at RB. The Bulldogs and Crane Tech battled back and forth throughout the game. First it was RB jumping out to a 19-11 lead. Then, behind 7 first half three pointers, Crane took a 42-35 into halftime. The Dogs came back immediately in the third quarter and took a couple of one point leads and the score was knotted at 55 after three quarters. The Bulldogs led 61-60 with 6 minutes to play. The last 6 minutes Crane led numerous times by 4-5 points and the Dogs would cut the lead to one or two points and couldn't get over the top. With 11 seconds left, trailing 78-75 the Dogs had an open look from three for the tie that rimmed in and out. Crane got the rebound and made two free throws for the final score of 80-75. Ryan Jackson led the Bulldogs with a career high 42 points and 7 rebounds. Alex Dziagwa contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Charlie Morrissey added 9 points and 5 assists, while Mike LeBeau chipped in 7 points and 5 rebounds.
The Bulldogs finish the season 23-6 and have a Regional Championship and Metro Suburban Conference Championship on their resume. This group of seniors (Ryan Jackson, Mike LeBeau, Nate Hanley, Charlie Morrissey, Jake Johnson, Alex Dziagwa, and Aaron Hill) had a tremendous four year run at Riverside Brookfield High School. They won conference championships on each level, freshman, sophomore and two years on varsity. Their sophomore year record of 21-3 is the third best sophomore record in school history. They are only the second group in school history to win back to back regional championships (last time was 1973-74) and the only group of players in school history to win a Sectional game and compete for a Sectional Championship. Their two year varsity record of 45-12 is also the second best back to back record in school history (2008-09 and 2009-10 was 46-9). The seniors did things the right way. They were very dedicated to improving and working hard at the game of basketball, but above all they are all terrific kids, great students, and all have bright futures ahead of them. They have set a standard that younger groups of student-athletes should look up to.
The loss to Crane also marks the end of a great four year career for Ryan Jackson. The record that is most impressive that Ryan now owns is that he has the most wins on the varsity level of any player to ever play at Riverside Brookfield High School. Ryan’s overall record is 69-15 in this three years on the varsity. Even more impressive is if you throw in the 23 wins he had as a freshman on the sophomore level and he has an overall record of 92-15 in his four years wearing a Bulldog uniform (the one loss the sophomores suffered that year, Ryan did not play due to injury). As a sophomore Ryan was All-Conference and All-Area in the Suburban Life. As a junior, Ryan was again All-Conference, All-Area and was IBCA All-State Honorable Mention. Ryan certainly saved his best year for his senior year. He is Player of The Year in the Metro Suburban Conference, All-Area, and will probably be named IBCA All-State later this week. He has set a remarkable 5 individual records this year. Ryan is now the Single Season Scoring Leader with 732 points, breaking Randy Ramsey's record of 660 points. Ryan owns 228 field goals this season, breaking Joe Sebek (1986-87) record of 220. Ryan also owns all the Free Throw Records. Free Throws in a game, he broke vs. Crane with 21. Earlier this year, he broke Ramsey's record of 19 (vs. Yorkville 1999) with 20 makes vs. Illiana Christian. He also broke Ramsey's record of Free Throws in a Season--180 (1999). Ryan made 202 Free Throws this year. Finally, he broke the Career Free Throw record, previously held by Ramsey (347 from 1996-1999), Ryan ended up with 366 made free throws in his career. Best of luck to Ryan as he continues his basketball career at Lewis University.
Also, the boys basketball program would like to give a special thanks to the 6th Man Student Section and all parents, staff members, community members, family, and basketball fans that came out to support the Bulldogs this year. Your support is greatly appreciated and was such an incredible feeling to see the crowd that supported us throughout the year and especially the week of sectionals.