Riverside-Brookfield boys basketball coach Tom McCloskey knew Friday’s game at Timothy Christian would be a major test. Engaged in a nip and tuck battle for much of the game, the Bulldogs’ fourth-quarter surge paved the way to a gritty 72-63 win.

“Playing at Timothy Christian is one of our toughest games of the year,” McCloskey said. “They had a big crowd and [Timothy Christian guard] Danny Leach shot the ball well. We did a nice job of pulling out a tough win.”

Trailing 48-47 at the end of the third quarter, RB outscored the Trojans 25-15 in the decisive final quarter to remain a perfect 8-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. Overall, the Bulldogs are 17-5 highlighted by a third-place finish at the Tosh Holiday Classic and a recent nonconference victory against Marshall.

Against Timothy Christian, the Bulldogs wore the Trojans down with their balance and depth. Miki Ljuboja posted a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 senior center also did a nice job at the free-throw line, sinking 8-of-10 attempts. Senior guard Damonta Henry tallied 12 points, six assists and five boards, while Liam Lesniak had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Junior Jack VandeMerkt, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, energized the Bulldogs with a pair of dunks.

“Jack has been a huge surprise this season,” McCloskey said. “He gives us length to complement Miki inside and he’s a good defender and rebounder. He also can score inside and outside.”

Eric Loury and Will Kincanon also contributed with solid all-around games for RB.

Leach led the Trojans with a game-high 27 points and Connor VanderBrug added 15 points.

Riverside-Brookfield enjoyed a major advantage over the Trojans at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs made 23-of-32 free throws while Timothy Christian sank just 4-of-13 shots from the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs host Glenbard South on Friday with tip-off at 7 p.m. RB hasn’t played a home game since mid-December.

“It’s nice to be playing back at home,” McCloskey said. “I think our guys are looking forward to it and having the support of our fans.”

With only four conference games remaining — all at home — RB is well positioned to make a run at an undefeated league record and 12th consecutive conference championship.