COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge boys’ basketball earned its 20th straight game against Raytown South Friday night, remaining undefeated after its 79-65 win.
The Bruins started the game slow. Unable to handle the Cardinals fast-paced offense, the team trailed 18-17 at the end of the first quarter.
“We didn’t play our best,” said junior guard Ricky Kreklow. “We had too many turnovers. We need to cut down on those if we’re going to win big games later on in the season. “
The team’s defense struggled, but regained controlled in the second quarter. The Bruins managed to shut down Raytown guard Rian Pearson, who averages 24 points per game, to one point in the first half.
Pearson wound up scoring 11 points on the night, but would foul out late in the fourth as the Cardinals trailed.
The Bruins capitalized on foul trouble for the Cardinals, who racked up 10 fouls in each half. A second-quarter spurt gave Jim Scanlon’s team a 39-27 lead at the break.
Rock Bridge also had a decided advantage at the foul line, taking 27 free-throws and converting 20 of them. Raytown attempted only six foul shots and made two of them.
While Rock Bridge secured a win, coach Jim Scanlon still offered a critique of his team’s performance.
“I thought we were selfish with the ball,” Scanlon said after the game. “I thought we looked young and immature on our decisions.”
Senior forward Jordan Dressler had 19 points for the Bruins and helped set the tone on the offensive end of the floor.
But Scanlon thought his teammates could have done more to get Dressler involved.
“Dressler was doing anything he wanted inside, and we refused to give him the ball,” Scanlon said.
Rock Bridge’s next game isn’t until Monday at home against Smith-Cotton, but Scanlon said the team has room to improve before it takes the floor.
When asked how he will prepare his team, Scanlon said, “I hope we play as a team again. It wasn’t one of our better ball games, but we’ll take the win.”