RB escapes Ridgewood with nail-biting win
Bulldogs get road win after missed free throw with no time left
|Riverside Brookfield's Will Kincanon passes the ball during their game against Naperville North at the 39th annual Jack Tosh Holiday Classic held at York High School Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (Staff photo by Erica Benson)|
When March rolls around Riverside Brookfield can look back at Friday’s game at Ridgewood as the type of experience they can use in the postseason.
The Bulldogs pulled out a wild 61-60 victory against the host Rebels in a Metro Suburban Conference game played in an amped up atmosphere.
Damonta Henry put RB (13-4, 5-0 MSC) ahead 61-59 on a pair of free throws with 55.4 seconds left. The teams exchanged turnovers before Igor Cirkovic drew a foul as time expired.
Cirkovic’s first free throw bounced high off the back rim and floated in the air for what must have felt like an eternity to the fans in attendance before falling back in. However, his second free throw was well short off the front rim.
“It was a great game,” said Will Kincanon, one of RB’s heroes on the night. “That was probably one of the most fun atmospheres to play in all year.“
Kincanon scored a career-high 21 points to lead RB. The junior made four three-pointers in the third quarter and a crucial three-point play in the fourth to tie the game at 54.
“Will Kincanon played a great game for us tonight,” RB coach Tom McCloskey said. “He made some enormous contributions. He’s been struggling with a bad ankle all year and that’s kind of how he’s capable of playing.”
“I had that injury with my ankle and I was just so slow,” Kincanon said. “I actually knocked down some shots today and it felt really good.”
RB led 20-11 after the first quarter, but the Rebels came back to tie it at 28 at halftime. Ridgewood made nine threes in the game to stay close.
“That’s how Ridgewood plays,” McCloskey said. “They’re really good at it. They’re great at driving and kick.
Henry scored 17 points for the Bulldogs. Cirkovic led the Rebels with 25.
“It’s a rivalry,” McCloskey said. “I’m just happy to come out with a win.”
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