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2012 2013 Boys Basketball: Class 3A Chicago Senn Regional

March 11, 2013
Richmond Burton High School

Richmond-Burton’s boys basketball team took Chicago Uplift to overtime in the Class 3A playoffs Wednesday. But that’s where the Rockets ran out of gas.


They lost, 69-64 in overtime, in a Chicago Senn Regional semifinal.

Sophomore Sam Kaufman scored a team-high 14 points for the Rockets (13-17). (NWHerald 2/28/13)


Class 3A Chicago Senn Regional: At Chicago, 12th-seeded Richmond-Burton defeated 21st-seeded Chicago Aspire Charter, 70-31, in a regional opener.

Nick Hogan scored 14 points to lead the Rockets, who face fifth-seeded Chicago Uplift at 7:30 p.m. today in the semifinals. (NWHerald 2/26/13)

• Andrew Hansen contributed to this report.


Post Season Schedule: Chicago Senn Regional~Today, Mon., 2/25/12 

Game 2~ No. 12 RB vs No. 21 Chicago Aspira Charter @ 7:30 p.m~

**Spectators will only be allowed to enter Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood, Chic,, IL 60660, through entrances 9 &10**

@ Richmond
, Nick Pittser scored 11 points for the Rockets in a BNC East loss.  BC 60, RB 42  

RB BOYS BASKETBALL Statistical Leaders

Area Leaders
Through games of Feb. 16
(Minimum 8 games)
Player, School Games Pts. Avg.

C. Vlasak, R-B 24 245 10.2

for complete list see 

http://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2013/02/17/r_fb_cthsr3iosoxshw6g1a/index.xml (NWHerald 2/17/13)

RB 54, Harvard 31: @ Richmond, the Rockets (11-15, 8-2) scored 29 points in the second quarter of their BNC East win, with Biran Wells, & Sam Kaufman each leading Rb with 13 points.  (NWHerald 3/16/13)

Richmond-Burton 62, Genoa-Kingston 61At Richmond, the Rockets rallied to overcome a three-point halftime deficit and snag a BNC East Division win to keep their title hopes alive.

Brian Wells (21), Chris Vlasak (14), Michael Kaska (12) and Dan Rygiel (10) all reached double figures for R-B (9-15, 7-2).

A NWHerald top Game~GK @ RB 7 p.m today

The Rockets need a wint o not fall further behind BC in the BNC East Division race.  RB finishes the regular season with Burlington, so it can still win the division in some form.  (NWHerald 2/12/12)

Burlington Central holds off Richmond-Burton

BURLINGTON – Richmond-Burton showed plenty of mettle while battling back from a huge hole.

The Rockets’ full-court zone pressure was instrumental in sparking a comeback from a 16-point, third-quarter deficit to lead by four points with 3:10 remaining in the game.

At that point, R-B’s most noticeable deficiency – rebounding – again became an issue. Burlington Central, as it had most of the game, picked up vital second-chance points and held off R-B, 69-65, in their Big Northern Conference East Division boys basketball game Friday night.

“They just destroyed us on the offensive glass,” said R-B coach Brandon Creason, whose team was outrebounded, 38-29. “Even when we had the lead, we didn’t rebound well. We played hard, but we just didn’t rebound hard.”

Burlington (10-13 overall, 8-1 BNC East) takes a 11⁄2-game lead with three remaining games. R-B (8-15, 6-2) has one more remaining game and hosts Burlington on Feb. 22 in the regular-season finale.

R-B trailed 50-34 with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter, but finished the quarter with an 8-1 run, including two baskets in the final 9 seconds.

“Our defense gave us steals and we got into transition and that gave us good shots,” guard Brian Wells said. “We kept getting more steals and getting more confidence. We got those steals at the end of the third quarter and broke it down a little bit.”

Guard Chris Vlasak then took over with 13 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter. He hit a 3-pointer, then converted three 3-point plays in a span of 1:04.

“At halftime, I had only two points,” Vlasak said. “I thought I needed to score for us to have a chance to win. It was good, but we were just atrocious on the boards. That’s what won the game for them. The second-chance points killed us.”

The most crucial basket may have come at 1:40 when Burlington’s Ryan Ritchie took a long 3 that did not draw iron, but James Raney was standing under the basket for the putback to tie the score at 63-63.

“It’s frustrating that what was killing us in the first quarter was killing us in the second quarter and was killing us in the fourth quarter,” Creason said. “A lot of it is we’re not very big, but we’ve rebounded better against bigger teams. It was hard to watch. We just stood and watched [on Raney’s rebound].”

Sam Kaufman scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Mike Kaska added 13 for R-B.

Moter Deng led Burlington with 14 points and Reed Hunnicutt added 13. Forward Bryce Warner scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

“That’s Bryce’s game, we expect that out of him,” Burlington coach Brett Porto said. “If we can’t find confidence after this, I don’t know what it will take. We’re responding now when people make runs.” (NWHerald 2/11/13)

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R-B boys take care of business

RICHMOND – For Richmond-Burton, Tuesday's Big Northern Conference East Division game against North Boone was a microcosm of its season.

R-B (8-14 overall, 6-1 BNC East) began the game rather slowly and had no rhythm early when it came to scoring, while North Boone was able to effectively navigate the Rockets' press defense with crisp passing.

But in the second half the Rockets cleaned up any issues and turned in one of their best halves of the season in a 54-25 victory.

A 13-0 run to start the third quarter was sparked by Mike Kaska's 3-pointer followed by plenty of scoring in the paint to build on R-B's 24-15 halftime lead. The Vikings' Michael Gilmore stopped the bleeding when he scored from behind the arc with 4:27 to play in the quarter.

"They're really coming around," R-B coach Brandon Creason said of his players. "We started the season really poorly and there were some dark days, and they have been resiliant. We've come a long way from our start and I'm proud of them when they could've just given up."

The Rockets began the season 1-12 and without much identity, but as the season has progressed into conference play the Rockets have hit their stride and have won seven of their past nine games.

Their improved play was on display Tuesday night as each of the starting five scored at least six points, and when a comfortable lead was in hand the bench players took over and scored a combined 13 points.

"We came out a little flat, but in the second half we really turned it on," said Sam Kaufman, who scored a game-high 12 points. "We played good defense and got a lot of easy shots. And we work as a team, it's fun like that. We always say it's harder to guard five people than it is one.

"With all of us going, we can score in the paint and hit some 3s. We're definitely not shy about shooting an open shot no matter where it is on the floor."

The Rockets' improved play has them battling for the top spot in their division with Burlington Central. Burlington will host R-B on Friday in a game the Rockets had to push to the back of their minds Tuesday.

"Friday's game meant nothing if we didn't take care of business tonight, so that was the focus," Creason said. "We didn't mention it prior because we knew if we didn't win this then that game would be nothing. As it stands now, that is a for-first-place game."

The Rockets have come a long way since their "dark days" as their confidence in themselves has returned in time for a shot at first place. (NWHerald 2/6/13)

A NWHerald Top Game~RB @ BC 7 p.m Friday, 2/8 

RB had a rough first part of the season but is right with Burlington in the chase for the BNC East Divisoin title.  RB won @ Burlington last year to clinch the championship.  (NWHerald 2/5/13)

RB 56, Marengo 31 @ Marengo, Chris Vlasak (16 pts), Brian Wells (11) & Mike Kaska (10) reached double figures to propel the Rockets (7-14 overall, 6-1 BNC East) to a BNC East Division win.
(NWHerald 2/3/13)

RB 45, Harvard 42: @ Harvard, Brian Wells drilled 4 of 4 from the free-throw line and scored 15 points to go with seven steals, & Sam Kaufman added 10 points for a BNC East Division win for the Rockets (6-14, 4-1).  Harvard rallied with 17 fourth-quarter points and erik finke scored a game high 17 points, but the Hornets (6-11, 0-5) couldn't close the gap.  (NWHerald 1/30/13)

Johnsburg boys end RB's winning streak

RICHMOND – Johnsburg was in good shape at halftime and even better after three quarters against Richmond-Burton in its nonconference boys basketball game Wednesday.

The Skyhawks increased their eight-point halftime lead to 15 in the third quarter and defeated R-B, 62-52, ending the Rockets’ three-game winning streak.

T.J. Sigmund scored 17 points to lead Johnsburg. Kevin Dombrowski added 13 and Mike Conroy scored 12 for the Skyhawks, who led 27-19 at halftime and 52-37 after three quarters.

R-B (5-14) was led by Mike Kaska with 15 points on five 3-pointers. Sam Kaufman added 14 for the Rockets. (NWHerald 1/24/12)

Rockets ready this time

After close call in 1st meeting, RB dominates rematch

by Chris Burrows cburrows@shawmedia.com

RB 53, Rockford Christian 36~RICHMOND – Chris Vlasak hadn't forgotten.

Rockford Christian had made an impression on Richmond-Burton's only starting senior with its fast start when the two boys basketball teams met in early December.

Vlasak made sure that didn't happen again on Friday. The Rockets outpaced the Royal Lions from the start and cruised to a 53-36 Big Northern Conference East Division win.

"Last time, they came at us in the first quarter and got a bit of a lead," said Vlasak, who scored 11 points including a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. "So we wanted to come out quick, and we did that."

R-B won the teams' December meeting 49-45.

Vlasak received plenty of help from his teammates, including starting junior Michael Kaska, who scored a team-high 16 points on seven buckets, and junior reserve Nick Pittser, who scored 10 points off the bench on Friday. But Rockets coach Brandon Creason credited his veteran point guard.

"We give [Vlasak] a little more freedom as a third-year guy to create and do some things, and he did a nice job tonight because we didn't really take him out," Creason said. "We asked him to carry a heavy load and he did that."

Jake Dachman controlled the backcourt for Rockford Christian and scored a team-high 16 points for the Royal Lions.

"Dachman was really physical – he was a little faster than I expected, but I adjusted to it later in the game," Vlasak said. "It took a little while for [my teammates] to get used to the speed [of varsity], but now we're starting to get the hang of it."

R-B (4-13 overall, 3-1 BNC East Division) took an early 12-0 lead and forced eight first-quarter turnovers.

"We came out active and forced the issue," Creason said. "When we score out of transition we're so much better because we don't have a very big team, so we have to make turnovers into buckets."

Dachman hit a baseline 3-pointer at the end of the quarter to end the shutout, but the Rockets weren't done.

R-B posted runs of 9-2 and 7-2 in the second quarter, and after a pair of floaters in the lane from sophomore Sam Kaufman (8 points), the Rockets led by 21 points, 31-10, with only seconds remaining in the half.

The Royal Lions had drained only four buckets by halftime.

"Our defense translates into our offense," Kaska said. "We get tips; we get steals; we get transition buckets, and that's what we saw in the first half."

The Rockets have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

"It's a step forward," Creason said. "We're a young team, and we're an undersized team. We're thankful for every win, because you don't know when the next one's coming.  (NWHerald 1/19/13)

RB 52, Antioch 43: @ Antioch, Sam Kaufman & Mike Kaska each scored 14 points for the Rockets (5-13) in a nonconference win.  (NWHerald 1/20/13)

RB 45, N Boone 29: @ Poplar Grove, Chris Vlasak drained three 3-pointers en route to a game high 14 poins, & Dan Rygiel added nine points in a BNC East Division win for the Rockets.  (NWHerald 1/16/13)

RB loses shooting touch in 2nd half, falls to GK

Ridout helps Jburg boys top Woodstock N

GENOA – Richmond-Burton took an eight-point lead into halftime of Friday’s Big Northern Conference East Division game at Genoa-Kingston, but the Rockets went cold in the second half of a 63-50 loss.

R-B scored only 19 points after halftime. The Rockets (2-13 overall, 1-1 BNC East) made 10 3-pointers but weren’t able to do much else.

“We don’t convert any buckets in transition. We force lots of steals, and we convert steals into turnovers and missed shots,” R-B coach Brandon Creason said. “And so if our 3-pointers don’t fall, we just don’t have a lot of other options right now.”

Chris Vlasak led the Rockets with 14 points, while Sam Kaufman finished with 10. Mike Kaska had six points for R-B. (NWHerald 1/12/13)

@ Byron, Nathan Hansel led the Rockets with 14 points in the loss. Byron 54, RB 52
(NWHerald 11/21/12)

Johnsburg Thanksgiving Tournament: 

Harlem defeated Richmond-Burton, 55-47, in the seventh-place game. Sam Kaufman’s 15 points with a trio of three-pointers led six scorers for the Rockets (0-4). (NWHerald 11/25/12)

@ Richmond, Brian wells scored 13 pts., including two 3-pointers, for RB in a 53-50 loss to Wauconda. (NWHerald 11/24/12)

RB rallied late, scoring 31 second-half points, but fell to Grayslake North 50-48.  Sam Kaufman & Mike Kaska scored 11 points each to lead seven scorers for the Rocketw (0-2), which went 13 for 14 form the free throw line.  (NWHerald 11/22/12)

Mike Kaska scored a team-high 10 points on three 3-pointers, & Brian Wells & Sam Kaufman each added eight for RB (0-1).  Rockford Jefferson picked up the win, 59-38, over RB.  (NWHerald 11/21/12)

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