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Clutch free throws give RB win over Glenbard East

Bulldogs drain 18 free throws in the fourth quarter

ELMHURST – Through three quarters Riverside Brookfield was 5-for-14 from the free throw line. In the fourth quarter they were 18-for-22.

The sharp turnaround sparked the Bulldogs to come from behind against an upset-minded Glenbard East team Thursday at York. RB won 55-47 in a first round game at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.

"It took us a while to get going and we struggled from the free throw line, but fortunately we got better on the free throw line and made some big throws down the stretch," RB coach Tom McCloskey said.

The Bulldogs (7-2) next play St. Ignatius at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Rams (2-8) face Kenwood at noon also tomorrow.

East scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 14-13 lead. Jaron Hall had 11 points in the quarter.

The Rams maintained that lead throughout much of the second quarter and all of the third before the Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth. RB scored its final 13 points from the line.

"The first half they were really packing it in, slowing the game down," RB junior Sam Johnson said. "We like to speed it up. The shots weren't really falling, but towards the end of the second half they started falling a little bit for us."

Johnson scored 19 points to lead RB. Jack VandeMerkt added 15 points.

Hall finished with a game-high 22 points. Freshman Michael Finley scored 13.

"We just got worn down at the end," Glenbard East coach Scott Miller said. "They made a couple nice adjustments doubling Jaron Hall. Other guys got to step up at that point. We're making progress. I'm proud of our guys."

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