Hickman boys basketball edges Rock Bridge in feisty three-overtime affair

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 12:06 a.m. CST; updated 1:19 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In a crosstown rivalry Tuesday evening, Hickman boys basketball defeated Rock Bridge in triple overtime.

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge gym turned unruly Tuesday night after the Hickman boys basketball team's thrilling three-overtime 78-74 win over the Bruins.

The Hickman student section stormed the court shortly after Kewpies guard Douglas Johnson's free throw sealed the win, sparking pushing and shoving from Rock Bridge players caught in the middle of the celebration. The packed-to-capacity gym filled with shouts and screams.

"That's not the way we want to do things," said Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon outside his office after security guards and school officials, some with megaphones, mediated the chaos. "And that's not the way they (Hickman) want to do things either, I'm sure."

Tensions were already high on both sides before fans got involved. Hickman, led by sophomore guard Jimmy Whitt's 30 points, stormed back from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game in regulation and then again in the first overtime on a clutch 3-pointer by Mason Murray. 

After failing to score at the buzzer in regulation, the first and second overtimes, Rock Bridge gave the ball to junior guard Nick Norton (23 points) in the third overtime's waning seconds, but his 3-point attempt was blocked on a controversial no-call from the referees.

"I'm trying to figure out what a foul is right now," Scanlon said. "I watched him shoot that ball at the end and get fouled. I'm stunned. We can shoot it and people can slap our arms and nothing? I must have read the rule book wrong. When they hit your arm, it's a foul."

The play resulted in heated arguments from the Rock Bridge bench and the pounding of chests by Hickman players. Norton fell to the ground grabbing his wrist, pleading with the referee that he had been fouled while Johnson corralled the loose ball.   

After the game, Rock Bridge officials didn't allow any players to comment, but Scanlon was animated.

"Every time they (officials) wanted to make a statement, it seemed like they made a statement and it was at our expense.

"I'm looking for five-second calls, and we got called for about three," he said, referring to the turnovers his team made down the stretch after Hickman deployed a full-court press.

The Bruins broke the press crisply a few times, but most possessions the ball found its way into the long arms of Whitt or junior guard Chris Clark, who finished with 19 points. 

"Spectacular," Kewpies coach David Johnson said of Whitt, who hit an array of jump-shots and runners from around the court.

Johnson shuffled his players straight to the team bus after the game, saying none were available for comment. He also said he didn't see who started the fighting.

"Obviously it's a big rivalry," he said. "You like to win those."

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Mark Flakne January 23, 2013 | 9:23 a.m.

That's not David Johnson in the picture.

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Shaina Cavazos January 23, 2013 | 10:44 a.m.

Mr. Flakne,

Thank you for letting us know about the mistake in the photo caption. We received an error report earlier and have since corrected the name.

Thanks again,

Shaina Cavazos
Assistant News Editor

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Joy Mayer January 23, 2013 | 11:08 a.m.

We've linked to a couple of YouTube videos of the post-game activity on our Facebook page:

Were you there? What did you observe? Comment here or on Facebook, email, or call the newsroom at 882-5720.

Joy Mayer,
Columbia Missourian

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Michael Williams January 23, 2013 | 11:38 a.m.

I'm guessing the woman in yellow will eventually be arrested for assault.

Hope so, anyway.

Prolly be not-a-few applications for CIS quite soon. Modify your building plans, CIS.

I know where I won't be the next time they play.

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