Bruins offense falters against Troy Buchanan | rock bridge

It was just one of those afternoons for the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team.

The Bruins (14-9) never found their offensive rhythm, dug too deep into an early hole and faded late in a 50-35 loss to Troy Buchanan in the Missouri Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Unlike Thursday night, in which the Bruins rallied from an early 11-2 deficit to beat Battle at Rock Bridge, coach Jim Scanlon’s team lost 16-3 midway through the first quarter. and trailed wire to wire against the Trojans (17-3).

“Every game we start slow because the shot isn’t there and the other team always seems to go early,” junior Brady Bowers said. “I think we need to lock in the defense a bit more, and that will help us carry (the momentum) forward.”

Bowers led Rock Bridge with 16 points and junior Kanyon Hummel had eight, but only five Bruins scored in the 15-point loss.

As a team, Rock Bridge scored more than 10 points in just one of the game’s four quarters. The Bruins converted two field goals and a free throw in a five-point third quarter, when Troy pulled away.

While Rock Bridge trailed by double digits early on, they rallied late in the first quarter and closed the opening frame with just nine points. In the second quarter, the Bruins moved to a 1-3-1 zone, which resulted in extra interceptions and extra momentum.

“We just have to keep that energy going through all four quarters,” Bowers said. “That’s what we’re struggling with right now.”

The loss ended a three-game winning streak and was the first time Scanlon’s side had lost a game since a 69-60 loss to Jefferson City on February 1.

As shots slammed at the rim and Rock Bridge continued to turn the ball around, Troy Buchanan flexed his attacking muscle. A bevy of 3-pointers and transition buckets set the tone for the three quarters that followed.

After the game, the message in the locker room was to find a way to play with more energy. Against Battle, the Bruins played with pride and generated enough energy to withstand a slow start to the game. The same couldn’t be said for his one-off against Troy.

“It starts with every player,” Bowers said. “From beginner to end of the bench, everyone needs the same attitude. Even if you’re not hitting any shots that night, you just need to do other things however you can.

Rock Bridge Girls’ Basketball Survives Staley

Just prior to the start of the Bruins’ men’s program, the Rock Bridge women’s basketball team improved to 20-1 this season with a 45-35 win over Staley in the Missouri Hall of Fame classic game.

Two days after holding on for a 43-40 road win over Jefferson City, the Bruins won much more comfortably against the Falcons.

Senior Kyrah “KK” Brodie, sophomore Charlie Smith and rookie Mari Miller all scored 13 points in a quick reprieve after CMAC action.

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