RIVERSIDE – Kevin Fitzgerald was so hot Friday night that he almost did the famous Michael Jordan shrug after another 3-pointer went in.
The Riverside Brookfield junior was 8-for-11 from 3-point range to score a career-high 24 points and help the Bulldogs beat visiting Timothy Christian 71-55.
He sank five in the third quarter alone and kept getting congratulatory shoves from his teammates as he continued to heat up. Fitzgerald admitted even he was surprised.
"I was pretty focused because it was a big game," Fitzgerald said. "It was more of a team thing and it was kind of awkward because I was coming off a bad week of shooting. I didn't even think that was going to happen."
The Bulldogs improved to 15-5 overall and 8-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference with the win, but it wasn't always smooth sailing. The Trojans (10-8, 5-3 MSC) were the hot shooting team early.
Timothy made six 3-pointers in the first quarter, four from Connor VanderBrug, to lead 22-13 after the period. The Bulldogs opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run and led by as many as seven points before Timothy closed the half with a 9-0 of its own. The Trojans led 36-34 at halftime.
Fitzgerald's hot shooting in the third turned the game around. By midway through the fourth quarter RB led 61-45.
"We shot very well in the first half and we cooled off a bit," Timothy coach Jack LeGrand said. "They had that spurt at the end of the third and just took it to us at the beginning of the fourth. That was the key to the game."
VanderBrug scored 24 points to cross over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Justin Rhiner added 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Will Kincanon also had a big game with 23 points for RB.