Bruins take advantage of banged up Kewpies

Thursday, December 18, 2008 | 9:53 p.m. CST; updated 11:26 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 18, 2008
Rock Bridge guard Matt Kelly drives down the court Dec. 18 against host Hickman.

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge boys basketball team beat rival Hickman 74-57 on Thursday night in front of a packed Hickman gymnasium.

Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon said he was pleased with his team's efforts, especially after a week of unpredictable weather, which left Columbia Public Schools closed early in the week.

"We came in and spread the ball around," Scanlon said, "It was a good win, against a rival, and now we have some time off before some tough competition ahead."

Hickman was short starters Eric Franklin, Arthur Johnson and Spenser Washington. Hickman coach Kenny Ash said they all suffered ankle injuries during the Blue Springs Tournament the team participated in last week.

"We're banged up," Ash said, "We've been going hard for the past couple of weeks, and it's really starting to catch up with us."

Ash said the injuries were not extensive, but that he wanted to get his players fully healed and did not want to risk returning them to the court too soon.

"I know it was a rivalry game, and that's big," Ash said. "But we have bigger fish to fry coming up in January, and we get a chance to play them again."

Hickman starter Crandon Cook was injured during the fourth period. Cook fell and hit his head on the floor, and he was taken out after appearing shaken up.

"He hit is head pretty hard on the floor," Ash said, "He had some blurry vision, and so they took him to the hospital to get checked out for a possible concussion."

Rock Bridge closed the first period with a five-point lead, which it extended, rounding out the first half with a 37-24 advantage. 

The Bruins continued to dominate on the court throughout the third period. The Kewpies had an unproductive fourth period, bogged down by foul trouble.

Ash said he expects his starting lineup to be back by the team's next game in the MFA Shootout against Lebanon on Jan. 3 at Mizzou Arena.

Rock Bridge will play Monday at Marquette.

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wayne kreklow December 19, 2008 | 10:56 a.m.

I was looking forward to seeing the article about last night's game as I am traveling out of town. Unfortunately, the article tells me very little about the game. There are no stats and almost no description of the game itself! Was this person actually at the game or did they just call the coaches afterward for some comments!

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MU Bulldog December 19, 2008 | 1:11 p.m.

Miss Hoke, For future reference - the audience you are writing for are men and men like to know the facts of the game, as in WHO were the high scorers, WHAT transpired through each time period, WHEN did the game change, WHY was the game so lopsided (I'll give you this one as you amply over explained the injuries to Hickman, the LOSING team), and HOW about more than two paragraphs on the WINNING team.

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