Moving up to Class 4A this season, the Riverside-Brookfield boys basketball team is slotted in the Schaumburg Sectional which features a bevy of talented teams including last year’s 4A state runner-up Proviso East along with West Suburban (Silver) Conference powers Oak Park and York just to name a few obstacles.

However, with the exception of Proviso East, the Bulldogs will be hard pressed to find a team as talented as Bogan which cruised past RB 82-62 at the Martin Luther King Dream Classic on Sunday at Whitney Young. The Bengals raced out to a 16-0 lead highlighted by several dunks before the Bulldogs responded with an equally gaudy 20-4 spurt to knot the game at 20-all early in the second quarter. Bogan outscored RB 25-15 the rest of the second quarter en route to a 45-35 edge at the intermission.

In the second half, RB (14-5) struggled to find any traction against the athletic, defensive pressure-oriented Bengals, who extended their final winning margin to 20 points.

Miki Ljuboja led RB with 24 points and five rebounds and guard Damonta Henry tallied 20 points, seven boards and three assists. Jack VandeMerkt, in the midst of a breakout junior campaign, added 10 points and five blocks.

The Bengals’ Juwan Henry scored a game-high 25 points and Luwane Pipkins had 21 points. Mysirell Green and Sam Robinson chipped in 10 points apiece for the Bengals (14-6).

Other notable scores at the MLK Dream Classic included: North Chicago 69, Farragut 65; Aurora Central 69, Vocational 68 in triple-overtime; Tilden 71, Eisenhower 69.

On Friday, RB pulled away late to earn a 73-53 victory over host Elmwood Park in a Metro Suburban Conference game. Ljuboja (24 points, 9 rebounds), VandeMerkt (20 points, 9 rebounds), Henry (13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and Liam Lesniak (10 points, 5 assists) led the Bulldogs’ balanced attack. Junior Will Kincanon also played well, pulling down 10 boards and dishing out six assists.

The Tigers kept it close for much of the game, however, trailing 39-37 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Bulldogs created some breathing room with a 16-4 spurt to take a 55-41 lead at the end of the quarter.

Since a 3-3 start, the Bulldogs have won 11 of 13 games and benefitted from the full return of Kincanon and Henry who battled injuries earlier this season.

Riverside-Brookfield takes on host Fenton on Friday (7 p.m.) in Bensenville. On Saturday, the Bulldogs return to Whitney Young to take on Marshall (3 p.m.) as part of the Chops Memorial Shootout.