After their first meeting when the Riverside-Brookfield boys basketball team rocked rival Ridgewood by 21 points, the Bulldogs’ 6-foot-9 center Alex Dziagwa issued the following reminder: “I think this was a statement game. Ridgewood was 4-1 coming into the game, but we wanted to let them know we’re still running it.”

“It,” of course, is the Metro Suburban Conference, which the Bulldogs have dominated since its formation. Riverside-Brookfield has won ten straight conference championships overall.

After Friday’s 100-80 rematch win against Ridgewood, the Bulldogs achieved another lofty aspiration: perfection.

Apparently needing to scratch a seven-year Metro Suburban itch, the Bulldogs finished 12-0 in conference – the first RB boys basketball team since 2004 to run through league play undefeated.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” RB coach Tom McCloskey said. “Everybody guns for us in our league, and if we have one off night that could be a loss. Our players answered the challenge every game.”

After flirting with the century mark several times this season (the Bulldogs have scored over 90 points in three games), RB finally cracked 100 by scoring 50 points in each half against host Ridgewood.

“We played really well as a team and scored a lot of buckets,” RB guard Ryan Jackson said. “Whenever a team can go through conference without a loss like we have that’s a great accomplishment.”

The terrific tandem of Jackson (30 points) and Dziagwa (24 points, 15 rebounds) paced the Bulldogs’ relentless offensive attack. Jackson and guard Nate Hanley (17 points, four assists) each knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter, setting a high scoring tone for the game.

Up 50-34 at halftime, RB never allowed the Rebels (17-9, 7-5) to close within 12 points the rest of the way. Ridgewood’s Andy Mazurczak scored a game-high 31, followed by John Caravia (24 points) and Pete Mroz (23 points), who knocked down five treys.

The Bulldogs (20-5, 12-0) scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, sparked by Chris Duplancich, who netted seven points off the bench. RB shot 38-for-58 from the field (65.5 percent), had 29 assists against just seven turnovers, and had 10 players score in the game.

On Feb. 22, visiting Morton edged RB 72-66 in a highly anticipated nonconference match-up. Six-foot-1 guard Jeff Jarosz tallied a game-high 36 points and Rocco Belcaster added 12 for the Mustangs. Jackson scored 26 points and handed out 10 assists while Charlie Morrissey tallied 17 for RB. Both senior sharpshooters made five three-pointers apiece.

Riverside-Brookfield now turns its attention to the Class 3A Nazareth Regional. The Bulldogs took on either North Grand or Juarez last night (after deadline). A victory would pit the Bulldogs against the winner of host Nazareth or St. Francis in the regional title game on Friday (7:30 p.m.).