Ryan Jackson did about all a basketball player could do Friday night, scoring a career high 42 points, but still it wasn’t quite enough as top seeded Crane outlasted the Riverside-Brookfield boys basketball team 80-75 to capture the RB Class 3A Sectional title before a packed gym of nearly 3,000 people in Brookfield.

Jackson hit three three-pointers and got to the free-throw line constantly by attacking the lane and drawing fouls. He hit 9-of-17 shots from the field, 21-of-28 free throws and grabbed six rebounds. But after the game the disconsolate Jackson could only think about a few free throws he had missed and how close his team had come.

“I’d take all 42 of them points and throw them in the trash if I could get a W,” Jackson said.

Jackson was hot from the start. He swished a three pointer just 12 seconds into the game to get the crowd going. The senior guard went on to score 12 of RB’s 21 first quarter points as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 19-12 lead and led 21-17 at the end of the quarter.

But Crane guards Kieran Woods and Kory Billups were hot as well and Woods hit three pointers in the second quarter as Crane rallied to build a 42-35 halftime lead.

Woods scored 29 points while Billups finished with 26 for Crane (23-3).

After being held to six points in the second quarter Jackson attacked the basket hard in the third quarter using his quickness and powerful body to constantly draw fouls.

Jackson also scored 10 of RB’s first 12 points of the second half as the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game at 47. Late in the third quarter, Jackson grabbed the ball after a wild scramble, drove across the lane, drew contact and flipped a shot up across his body. Somehow the shot went in, and Jackson hit the ensuing free throw to give RB a 55-53 lead with 1:45 left in the quarter. It would prove to be RB’s last lead.

Willie Connor’s layup sent the game into the fourth quarter tied at 55.

Billups scored on an offensive rebound with 3:35 to put Crane ahead to stay.

Jackson hit one of two free throws with 25 seconds left to bring the Bulldogs within three. When Crane’s Kaylen Shane missed two free throws with 22 seconds left the Bulldogs had a chance to tie.

Jackson created a bit of space for himself on the right wing and launched a three pointer with 11 seconds left. The shot looked on target but hit the rim and then bounced high off the backboard and out of bounds.

Lee Giles then hit two free throws for Crane with nine seconds left for the final margin.

“It was a great game,” said RB coach Tom McCloskey. “We played our hearts out.”

Alex Dziagwa scored 11 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Bulldogs (23-6).