The Rock Bridge boys basketball team burst through the double doors Tuesday to Jay-Z rapping the words “Bring ‘Em Out,” and into the roar of the standing crowd.
The Bruins won by 32 points.
From the minute the team’s pre-warmup cheer echoed throughout the gymnasium, ending in all 15 of the player’s bodies sliding simultaneously across the floor, the Bruins were out to intimidate the Camdenton Lakers.
“Sometimes you get too excited,” coach Jim Scanlon said of the team’s first home game. “But we handled it pretty well. We got a nice start and worked the ball well against the zone.”
Rock Bridge nearly doubled Camdenton’s score through most the game, easily bringing home a 65-33 win.
The team was coming off a close second-place finish in last weekend’s Kickapoo Tip-Off Classic, and the momentum carried over to Tuesday.
Height was another intimidation factor that Rock Bridge held over Camdenton. The Bruins seemed to loom over the Lakers.
“We are pretty deep in height,” junior guard Erik Darkow said. “I think we take advantage of that.”
Darkow posted 14 points, and Scanlon is pleased with his improvement each game.
The star of the game was senior guard Alex Austin, who finished with a team-high 18 points.
“Alex shot the ball really great,” Scanlon said. “When you practice as much as he does in basketball, good things happen to you. I’m happy for him because he puts a lot of work into it.”
Austin and Darkow’s high point totals may be a product of Scanlon instructing his team to play a faster-paced game.
“Coach really made an effort to make sure we really pushed the ball,” Austin said.
“Last time we kind of slowed it down a lot and tried to grind it out. He wants to go back to the fast-paced game. I think the score really shows that.”
Another player who stepped up was senior forward Chad Jones-Hicks, whose defensive presence made the Lakers fight for every basket.
With three days until the Bruins face Ozark at home, the team will be pressed for time in making any tweaks to its game.
Scanlon did not narrow down what the team will work on.
Without thinking twice, he said his team will be working on “everything.”