ROLLA — Travis Jorgenson's actions and words after Friday's district title game were not only affirming but also prophetic.
The sophomore point guard went out of his way to fist bump freshman Nick Norton outside the locker room minutes after the Rock Bridge boys basketball team's district championship win. He then turned to a reporter and said with pride, "Nick's just the man. That's all I have to say."
Norton was the man again in the Class 5 sectionals on Wednesday, coming off the bench and boosting the Rock Bridge Bruins to a 68-46 win over Waynesville.
The guard scored 11 points and added five assists for Rock Bridge (23-4), complementing Jorgenson's team-high 15 points and six assists.
"Nick comes off the bench and gives us an instant spark," Jorgenson said. "He hits his open shot, gets steals and hits open people."
Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon said that Norton takes some of the pressure off Jorgenson in the backcourt.
"I think Nick helps Travis a little bit," Scanlon said. "He's been that way for us. He was that way in the district championship. He's just a good player."
Norton and Jorgenson have similar games. And they like being on the court together.
"It's fun to play with Travis," Norton said. "We both like to get people open and to get each other open. We penetrate, and we get it to the guy who's open, but we always look for each other."
The Bruins, who jumped out to a 19-9 lead and led 37-18 at halftime, had 24 assists against Waynesville.
"Our greatest strength is that we work as a team," Norton said. "We get the ball to whoever's open."
In the quarterfinals, Rock Bridge plays Branson (21-9) at noon on Saturday at the MSU-Hammons Student Center in Springfield.
Branson beat Rock Bridge 63-58 on Jan. 22 in the Laker Shootout in Camdenton. Since then, the Bruins have won 10 straight games. Branson has won nine straight since losing to Nixa on Jan. 24.