Boys Basketball: Brother Rice drops 69-66 decision to Riverside-Brookfield
Having played the entire game up to that point, Riverside-Brookfield’s Will Kincanon got a well-deserved if quick rest early in the fourth quarter Friday.
When the senior guard took the court again, it’s safe to say he came back fresh and ready to go.
Kincanon scored 13 of his 23 points after the brief rest, including the game-winning three-pointer, to lead tournament host Riverside-Brookfield to a dramatic 69-66 win over Brother Rice.
“Coach (Tom McCloskey) said I needed to stay aggressive on the offensive end,” Kincanon said. “I tried to take it into my own hands and get the basket. The crowd went nuts on the three, so that was big and it was a lot of fun.”
Jack VandeMerkt scored 20 points for Riverside-Brookfield (2-1). Daniko Jackson added nine.
Kincanon’s fourth-quarter heroics came after the Bulldogs saw Brother Rice go up by as many as 10 points (62-52) with 3:28 to go in the fourth.
The senior took advantage of Rice’s foul trouble, hitting 6-of-9 free throws in the fourth, while also scoring twice inside.
There was no doubt about his biggest contribution. He swished a three-pointer from the left wing in front of R-B’s student section that put the Bulldogs up 66-65 with 1:48 remaining.
“I was feeling it a little after getting into the lane and the free throws,” Kincanon said. “I hadn’t taken many threes, but I knew we were down. Right when it left my hand, I knew it was good.”
Kincanon scored 13 of Riverside-Brookfield’s 17 points during a stretch in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Fitzgerald hit 3-of-4 free throws and Sam Johnson split a pair to ice the game in the final minute.
Brother Rice (1-2) missed two inside chances and a three-point attempt late.
Ray Rubio’s 24 points sparked the Crusaders. Quinn Niego added 19.
“Playing in front of the home crowd, we knew they were coming with a run,” Brother Rice coach Rick Harrigan said. “Sometimes your natural reaction with a lead is to back off, play more conservative, especially on the road, so I’ll tell them we have to stay aggressive and learn from those mistakes.”