Thorpe leads Bruins in overtime thriller

Wednesday, December 10, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:46 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

It wasn’t at the buzzer, but Demond Thorpe’s final field goal was close enough to the end for Rock Bridge.

The Bruins defeated Camdenton 46-44 in overtime Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Thorpe, a junior guard, scored with about 20 seconds left, and when the Lakers tried to tie the game, senior guard Will Jackson blocked Dusty Miller’s shot under the basket with five seconds left.

“You want to do it in under 10 (seconds), but they were getting the count,” Bruins coach Jim Scanlon said. “That’s the little things you have to work on. He went early, but he did what he was supposed to do.”

Regulation ended with the Bruins and Lakers tied at 40. Bruins junior guard Terrell Turner scored the first field goal in overtime to take a brief lead. Camdenton’s Andrew Lombardo made two free throws to tie, and Ryan Shackleford followed with two more to give the Lakers the lead with 1:28 left.

“It’s good for us to play under pressure situations,” Scanlon said.

Bruins sophomore Stewart Foster made a field goal and drew a foul. He missed the free throw, leaving the Bruins tied with 35 seconds left.

“We’ve just got to make those free throws,” senior Rob Adams said.

During the fourth quarter and overtime, the Bruins were 4-of-8 at the free-throw line.

“We missed some, but that’s what happens,” Scanlon said. “We hit some big ones, too.”

The score stayed close throughout the game. Jackson made a 3-point shot at the end of the half to give the Bruins a 24-23 halftime lead.

“We picked up the tempo, but made too made fouls,” Adams said. “We kind of got flustered, because we just couldn’t get to the basket.”

Camdenton did not score a field goal in the fourth quarter or during overtime. It scored 11 points on free throws, missing three.

“It seemed like they scored all the time,” Scanlon said,” but we held them in the 40s.”

Despite earning the win, the Bruins were dissatisfied with several aspects of their offense.

“Our press didn’t go as well as we wanted, and some of our offense sets got pushed around, which is never good,” Adams said.

Adams, who sat out most of the second half, had eight points, two rebounds and five fouls.

“You just want to play when the game’s close like that because you want to make a difference, but you just got to watch the fouls,” Adams said.

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