The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys basketball team remained on a roll with a 76-30 rout of Fenton in a Metro Suburban Conference matchup Friday. Skyler Nash led RBHS with 19 points and eight rebounds. Jalen Clanton (12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals) and Daniko Jackson (11 points, 7 assists) also contributed for RBHS, which improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in conference.
Nash, a transfer from Whitney Young, also scored 17 points, including five dunks, during the Bulldogs’ 90-58 dismantling of Aurora Central Catholic on Dec. 15.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament at York High School over Christmas break. RBHS, which finished as the tournament runner-up last year, faces Rolling Meadows on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. in its tourney opener.
RBHS girls basketball
Junior guards Sam Bloom and Lyndsey Hoyd combined for 46 points to pace the Bulldogs’ scoring in a 60-54 win over Romeoville at the Oak Lawn Holiday Tournament. Jess JnoBaptiste chipped in 12 points and eight boards. Defensively, RBHS scored 21 points off turnovers.
In other action last week, the Bulldogs (7-5, 3-1 Metro Suburban) lost to conference rival Glenbard South 46-35 in Glen Ellyn. Bloom had 14 points and five rebounds, Hoyd scored nine points and JnoBaptiste finished with seven points and five rebounds. Allie Kucera pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and Maggie Shereck had six boards against the Raiders.
The team has played well this season with a collective effort all over the court, and a particular improvement on the boards.
“I am always pleased when we show improvement in any facet of the game,” RBHS coach Dallas Till said. “Rebounding and boxing out is something we have stressed for weeks. I have seen improvement in that area which pleases me.
“We need to work on our defensive intensity at times. Not to be cliche’ but I want the girls to rest on offense, not on defense.”
Fenwick boys basketball
The Friars rallied from an early deficit to beat De La Salle 62-51 in Chicago on Friday night. Senior guard Mike Smith paced the victors with 18 points. Mike Ballard (14 points, 9 rebounds), Jacob Keller (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Jamal Nixon (11 points) contributed to a balanced attack.
Fenwick (8-0, 3-0 Chicago Catholic League) will play in the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Tournament (Dec. 26- Dec. 30). The Friars take on Von Steuben Saturday, Dec. 26 at 4 p.m. in opening round action.
The Lions received individual titles from senior Mac Casella and junior Johnny Mologousis in finishing third at Hinsdale Central’s 50th annual Rex Whitlatch Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Lions (203.5 points) only finished behind Sandburg (319.5) and OPRF (240) in the 24-team field. LTHS is 9-0 overall with West Suburban Conference Silver Division wins against York and Downers Grove North.
“We obviously always want to try and win conference,” LTHS coach Griff Powell said. “We’re trying to get the guys ready for state series and really clicking when it comes times for February.”
At Whitlatch, Casella (15-3) won the 138-pound title by pinning Sandburg senior Anthony Cimino (12-4) in 4:24 after entering the third period ahead 4-1.
At 160, Mologousis (17-1) edged previously undefeated Sandburg senior Ben Schneider (17-1) in the final 1-0 with an escape seconds into the second period. Mologousis maintained the top advantage on Schneider the entire third period.
LTHS senior Frank Walsh (15-5 at 200) and junior Tyler Zeman (19-2 at 132) were second and junior Zach Villarreal (16-3 at 126) finished third.
The Friars split a home triangular on Saturday with a 42-29 win over Bishop McNamara and a 60-24 loss against Riverside-Brookfield.
Sophomore heavyweight Liam Mahon finished 4-0 on the day.
“We’ve started off pretty well this season as a team,” Mahon said. “My goal this season is to show that I have what it takes to be a varsity wrestler this season through hard work and dedication.”