Stefan Cicic

The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys basketball team enjoyed another successful week and came minutes away from a perfect one.

The Bulldogs defeated Ridgewood 65-46 on Dec. 6 and Chicago Christian 73-40 on Dec. 9 before losing to St. Ignatius 49-43 on Dec. 10 in the Team Rose Shootout at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago.

RBHS (6-3, 2-0 in Metro Suburban Blue) led St. Ignatius 20-11 after one quarter and 32-27 at halftime before a rough start to the third quarter that helped the Wolfpack gain a double-digit lead. In the fourth quarter, St. Ignatius held on with free throws after the Bulldogs repeatedly closed within one possession.

“The first four or five minutes of the third quarter, we had a lot of turnovers,” RBHS coach Mike Reingruber said. “We actually played pretty well for about 28 of the 32 minutes.”

Senior Arius Alijosius (19 points with 2 threes, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and Rex Dockendorf (6 points) and juniors Stefan Cicic (16 points) and Will Gonzalez (14 points) led the Bulldogs. 

The 6-foot-11 Cicic excelled against Ridgewood with 28 points and 11 rebounds as RBHS had 20-plus points in the second and third quarters to pull away. Alijosius added 16 points on 4-for-6 three-point shooting and Gonzalez had eight points and seven assists.

“We were getting [Cicic] the ball in the position to be successful and he played great,” Reingruber said. “Arius, Stef and Will have been our go-to guys all season. We need some other guys to step up consistently if we want to be as good as we can be.”

Great passing was among the highlights in the victory over Chicago Christian. The Bulldogs led 21-6 after the first quarter.

Senior Hunter Ferguson had a personal-best 10 assists and Gonzalez had seven. Cicic and Alijosius each had 18 points. Senior reserve Moses Soto added nine points with a three.

“Between [Ferguson and Gonzalez], we really shared the basketball,” Reingruber said. “We need contributions from all over the board. Hunter showed that you not only have to score points to add a lot of value to the team.”