COLUMBIA — There are three colors that indicate the score for each team on the scoreboard in Hickman's basketball gym: green for the team with the lead, red for the team that is behind and yellow for a tie.
On Thursday night, the Hickman Kewpies' score was green for 30 minutes.
With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Rock Bridge junior Ryan Kreklow righted an otherwise quiet night when he confidently drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Bruins their first lead of the night.
"Shooters never stop shooting," Kreklow said. "So I shot it with confidence."
Two minutes with the lead was all the Bruins needed to steal a victory on their rival's home court Thursday. Rock Bridge won the game 59-54.
Kreklow missed his next three but grabbed his own rebound and dished it off to junior Josh Broadus for a layup to give the Bruins a four-point lead.
The Rock Bridge student contingent erupted with excitement while its Hickman counterpart just across the aisle stood in shock.
Hickman had dominated the majority of the game. Kewpie senior Chris Clark put together a 20-point performance despite three first-half fouls.
The Bruins scrapped for long enough and came out on top when it mattered most. They battled back as a team.
"I'm just happy for the guys," Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon said. "It was a good team win, and everyone contributed."
Rock Bridge mounted an 8-3 run at the end of the first half to bring the Hickman lead down to five at the half. Hickman managed to hang on to a five-point lead heading into halftime.
"I told them you've gone this far, hang in there now," Scanlon said.
Rock Bridge pulled within one with three minutes left to play. One minute later, it took a lead it would never relinquish.
After the game, when all the crowds had cleared the building, Rock Bridge sophomore Carson England walked out of the Bruins' locker room with Scanlon.
"Hey, sorry I didn't get you in," Scanlon said.
"As long as we get to win, I'm happy," England said.
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