After another week of tough league play, the Riverside Brookfield boys basketball team is still perfect in the Suburban Prairie (East) Conference.
The Bulldogs (8-5, 3-0) shot the lights out against Westmont 63-55, nailing 10 treys throughout the contest. RB continually distanced itself by exploiting the Westmont zone and sinking an impressive 10-of-20 from three-point land.
Though he still sees room for improvement, RB coach Tom McCloskey can’t complain too much, considering his Bulldogs now occupy the top spot in the conference.
“They (Westmont) played a zone and in order to defeat that type of defense, you have to hit big shots,” he said. “Fortunately, we shot very well from outside and we got it done. I like the way we played at times, but I still think we need to score more baskets in transition and be more consistent. Still, we are in first with a one game lead over Ridgewood, which is a great feeling.”
The Bulldogs did not waste anytime against Westmont, claiming a 22-16 lead after the first quarter. RB established its outside game early, courtesy of senior guard Mark Gorman’s two three-pointers. The Bulldogs then extended their lead in the second quarter, cruising into the locker room with a 10-point, 32-23 halftime advantage.
During his halftime chat, McCloskey thought his squad was giving up too many inside baskets and adjusted by trying to clog the lane in the third quarter. The Bulldogs listened and kept Westmont at bay, keeping a 44-36 lead after three quarters. The fourth quarter remained close, but two big treys from senior forward Steve Wilhelm guaranteed that the Bulldogs’ league record would remain unblemished.
Jon Baldermann continued his torrid scoring pace this season, scoring 17 points, while Chris Parrish added 13 points and eight rebounds. Gorman hit four three-pointers for 12 points and Matt Sandrik added 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Now with Westmont out of the way, the Bulldogs must focus on Lemont on Friday in their annual Pack the Place game at 7 pm. McCloskey knows the game will be a battle to the very end.
“This is yet another big game for us, because Lemont has traditionally been one of our biggest rivals,” he said. “This week during practice, we are just going to fine tune the things we are doing. I think we match up well against them and if we play within our system and execute I think we can remain undefeated in the league.”