Riverside Brookfield’s boys basketball team went 2-2 at its own Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic to begin the season. The Bulldogs lost the opener 80-68 to Rich Central despite 27 points from Sam Johnson in his varsity debut. Jack VandeMerkt added 24 points.
VandeMerkt again scored 24 in an 80-76 win over Kenwood the next day. Will Kincanon scored 23 and Johnson had 16. RB made it two wins in a row by defeating Brother Rice 69-66 on Friday. Kincanon scored 23 again and VandeMerkt had 20 to help the Bulldogs come from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.
Oak Park-River Forest won the tournament by knocking off the Bulldogs 84-71 on Saturday. Kincanon poured in 27, VandeMerkt had 15, Paul Sitkiewicz had 11 points and Daniko Jackson scored 10 points with six assists.
The Roadrunners opened the season with a 3-1 record at a tournament at Stagg. Naz defeated St. Laurence 51-37, Willowbrook 64-36 and Lindblom 56-50 before losing to the hosts 66-51.
The Friars went 2-1 at the Lyons Township Thanksgiving tournament. Fenwick ran past Morton 77-59 in the opener with four players scoring in double figures. Thomas Planek had a game-high 19 points. Keshaun Smith (15 points), Dan Dwyer (12) and Mike Smith (12) also reached double digits against the Mustangs. The Friars beat Argo 58-41 before losing to the hosts 71-60.
The Panthers went 2-2 at the Fenton tournament to open the season. West beat Hubbard and Mather, but lost to Elk Grove and Lake Park.
The Chargers began the season with a 4-0 record and a tournament title at St. Charles East. St. Joseph beat Schaumburg (62-51), East Aurora (83-65), the host Saints (71-68 in overtime) and St. Charles North (58-49). Jordan Ash was named tournament MVP and he was joined on the all-tournament team by Glynn Watson and Nick Rakocevic.
The Roadrunners got off to a 5-0 start to the season and won all four games at the IC Catholic Invite. After beating Elmwood Park, Luther North and Kaneland by double digits Naz beat the host Knights 61-52 in the final. Devinne Love led all scorers with 17 points, Katelyn Cahill added 13 and Eileen Kennedy scored 12.
The defending champion Lions returned to their winning ways with a first place finish at the Hinsdale South Invitational on Nov. 27. LT scored 144.25 points to run away with the title. Kelsy Kurfirst won the all-around and every event. Katie Carling was second in the all-around and Michelle Cozza was fourth. LT next competes at an invite at Downers Grove North on Saturday.