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. The eight made 3-pointers is
the second-most in school
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 Trojans were the hot shooting team early, making six 3-pointers in the first quarter to lead 22-13 after the period. Connor VanderBrug scored 13 points in the first quarter alone and finished with 24 points.
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.
“In the first half they were shooting like Fitz out there pretty much,” senior guard Will Kincanon said. “Every shot they took was going in. The second half, we locked down defensively. And then he got on fire, and we just pulled away.”
Fitzgerald’s hot shooting in the third turned the game around. By midway through the fourth quarter, RB led 61-45.
“He was unbelievable that whole game,” Kincanon said. “I was trying to find Fitz. I was trying to get in the lane. I was just trying to bring a defender. If he got even a seam it was going in.”
Kincanon also had a big game with 23 points for RB.
The win against Timothy was RB’s eighth in eight Metro Suburban Conference games. The Bulldogs are nearing their 13th consecutive conference championship. RB, which also hosted Illiana Christian on Tuesday, next plays at second place Glenbard South on Friday.