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Riverside Brookfield dominates Illiana Christian
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Riverside Brookfield dominates Illiana Christian

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LANSING | Illiana Christian got off on the wrong foot and stumbled the rest of the way Friday night.

The Vikings never led and missed a lot of easy shots in falling 74-54 to Riverside Brookfield in a Metro Suburban Conference game.

"Tonight is not who we are," Illiana coach Tom Roozeboom said. "We missed shot after shot after shot and never got on track.

"We played tight and it showed. They (Riverside Brookfield) made their shots, especially the threes."

The closest Illiana would get was 10-8 in the first quarter, but R-B went on a 12-2 run. The Bulldogs followed with a good second quarter to take a 43-24 lead.

While the Vikings (8-5, 2-1) were 20-of-69 shooting from the field (29 percent), the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-0) were 29-of-56 and hit nine of their 18 3-point attempts.

The Bulldogs' Eric Loury also did a nice job of guarding Illiana's leading scorer Brandon Martin. While Martin had 10 points, he said Lury made it hard on him.

"He was on me, in front of me and took me out of my game," Martin said. "I like to drive to the basket and he kept me from doing that."

Loury said that was the gameplan that Bulldogs coach Tom McCloskey had.

"We knew if Martin could get to the basket, he could hurt us, so I had to front him and not let him," Loury said. "We know how good of a ballplayer he is and I had to stop him."

Nobody could stop Loury as he made three 3-pointers in the third quarter to make sure the game was put away. His third three with 1 minute, 14 seconds left in the third quarter gave R-B a 62-31 lead -- its biggest. He finished with 12 points and two assists.

Teammates Davonta Henry and Miki Ljuboja had 18 points each.

"We were really up for this game," McCloskey said. "We know they are a good team and we had to play a good game and we played one of our best games of the season so far."

It was just the opposite for the Vikings, said Roozeboom.

"We didn't do a lot of things right," Roozeboom said. "We got behind and forced shots against a very good team."

Jon Zandstra led Illiana with 13 points, while Martin had 10.

The two meet again Feb. 5 in Riverside.

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