Bruins blow out Kansas City Central

Coming off their first loss of the season, Rock Bridge took out some of its frustration in the 78-42 win.
Friday, February 13, 2009 | 10:20 p.m. CST; updated 3:21 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 14, 2009
The Rock Bridge Bruins fire themselves up before their game Friday night at Rock Bridge Senior High School. The Bruins celebrated senior night with a decisive 78-42 win over Kansas City Central.

COLUMBIA—Rock Bridge boys’ basketball regained confidence Friday night after its rough loss Tuesday night against Springfield Central.

The Bruins easily handled Kansas City Central, winning 78-42.


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Coach Jim Scanlon described the team's mood over the past several days as disappointed and unsatisfied after its first loss of the season, claiming the blow-out win got the Bruins back on track.

“I feel sorry for the team who had to play us tonight,” Scanlon said. “We just wanted to go out and beat somebody.”

On senior night, the Bruins’ recognized four players, Skylar Tolson, Travis Ward, Briton Rudd, and Jordan Dressler. The starting seniors entered the game motivated, scoring 11 of the team’s 16 first quarter points.

Rock Bridge (22-1) maintained control throughout the game. The Bruins dominated on the offensive glass and applied stifling defensive pressure. They forced Central into taking poor perimeter shots and turnovers. The Bruins led 37-21 at halftime.

Although Central senior guard Mikel Spearmen led all scorers with 19 points and attempted to cut into Rock Bridge's lead, the Bruins' depth and overall talent could not be overcome. Five players for Rock Bridge scored in double digits.

 Forward Jordan Dressler was acknowledged for his outstanding offensive strength and defensive contributions. The senior was one of 1500 nation-wide athletes nominated for the McDonald’s High School All-American Basketball team.

 “To be nominated is really special,” said Dressler.

Rock Bridge will go on the road to play Truman on Wednesday and is spoiling for another shot at drubbing an opponent.

“We’ll go into the game with a fight,” said senior forward Briton Rudd, who scored 12 points in his points in his final outing.



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