COLUMBIA — Ryan Kreklow had the ball as the Rock Bridge Bruins were up by six with under two minutes left. The junior guard drove toward the basket but took too many steps and was called for traveling. Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon dropped his head, took the green cap off his pen and flung it in the air.
Kreklow's travel was one of several frustrating moments in the second half for the Rock Bridge boys basketball team, which was able to grind out a 60-51 victory over Lincoln Prep on Friday night.
The Bruins were up 32-23 at halftime before the Tigers went on a 12-3 run in the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Lincoln Prep tied the game several times and even took a two-point lead to open the fourth quarter, but Rock Bridge shook off its sloppy play to finish strong.
“They got hot,” Rock Bridge senior guard Jackson Dubinski said. “But I’ll take responsibility for that — not getting our team in sets and not playing better.”
Kreklow had a strong first half, hitting seven shots, three of them from long range. He cooled off a bit in the second half but led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Dubinski dropped 17 points while dishing out five assists.
With a four-point advantage late in the fourth quarter, Rock Bridge held the ball and found open shots to stretch the lead to eight.
“I told the team going into the fourth quarter, ‘You’re in trouble,’” Scanlon said. “But I’m happy they came together and pulled it out.”
With another victory under their belts, the Bruins travel across town Tuesday to take on Battle High School. The Spartans notched their fifth win Friday, beating Mid Buchanan by a score of 62-56.