Riverside-Brookfield guards Ryan Jackson and Luke Nortier led the Bulldogs to a 63-41 win over St. Francis in the Class 3A Nazareth Regional title game on Friday night.

Trailing the upset-minded, ball-control Spartans 20-15 with 5:05 left in the second quarter, Jackson (25 points, 9 rebounds) scored six points during an 8-2 run to give RB a 23-22 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Jackson tacked on nine more points coupled with a tremendous effort from Nortier off the bench. Nortier (15 points) scored 13 in the second half as the Bulldogs pulled way. Riverside-Brookfield 6-foot-9 center Alex Dziagwa added 12 points, four rebounds and four blocks despite foul trouble the entire night.

The Bulldogs return home for a sectional semifinal clash against Orr, which features Illinois recruit Mycheal Henry, on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.).

“It feels really good to be coming back home to RB,” Jackson said. “I promised coach [Tom McCloskey] that we were going to come back [like last year] to the sectional and we did it again.”

Lyons Township boys basketball

Lyons (25-2) rolled past the regional host Brother Rice 63-46 in Class 4A action to secure a second straight regional championship. Unlike last year’s 75-73 regional title victory over Julian, though, the Lions had a relatively easier time against Rice.

Seniors Eric Powers (20 points) and Nick Burt (18 points) pushed around the Crusaders’ talented but young frontline inside. Tied 10-10 after one quarter, the Lions used a 1-3-1 zone defense to contain Rice and opened a 29-18 halftime lead. The Crusaders pulled to within 49-41 at the 5:41 mark of the fourth quarter, but LT responded with a 14-5 run to close out the game. The Lions beat Brother Rice 86-62 in the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic earlier this season.

Lyons moves on to play Curie on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) in the semifinals of the Argo Sectional.