Bruins overcome sectional woes

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | 10:36 p.m. CST; updated 1:05 a.m. CST, Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team continues to dominate in the state playoffs. The Bruins defeated Waynesville 59-46 on Wednesday night in the Class 5 sectional at Union.

In the first half, Rock Bridge (26-2) did not execute its up-tempo game and struggled defensively against the outside shooting of Waynesville (21-7). Although Bruins senior forward Jordan Dressler scored 14 points in the first half, the score was tied at 26 at halftime.

“He (Dressler) was solid from start to finish,” Bruins coach Jim Scanlon said by phone.

Dressler led Rock Bridge with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Entering the second half, Rock Bridge transitioned into its quick, aggressive offense and outscored Waynesville 15-8 in the third quarter.

“In the second half we really started to play our game,” Scanlon said.

Scanlon credited guard Skylar Tolson and forward Briton Rudd for the Bruins' third quarter offensive drive. The two seniors scored a combined 24 points.

Rock Bridge maintained control throughout the fourth quarter to secure its first sectional win in four years.

The win advances the Bruins to quarterfinal play against Branson (27-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rolla.

“They’re (Branson) an offensive team, we’ll have to have to take away their three-point shots,” Scanlon said.

Branson defeated Springfield Central (25-4) by two points in sectionals Wednesday night. Central handed Rock Bridge its first regular season loss on Feb 10 in Columbia.

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