Bruins defeat Blue Springs South in a close 57-56 match


Sophomore Isiaih Mosley shoots a layup to tie the Jaguars of Blue Springs South at 56 a piece. Rock Bridge would go on to win the game on a free throw 57-56 in the final seconds of the game. RBHS Advances to the next round of districts, and will play the winner of Blue Springs and Hickman. Photo by Tyson Jamieson.

Grace Vance

In RBHS’ first match against Blue Springs South (BSS) of the season, the Bruins started the night out with multiple fouls but were able to pull through with a one point lead at 57-56.
The beginning of the first quarter look promising for the Bruins with a lead of 7-2, however, BSS quickly caught up by the end of the quarter with an four point advance.
Of the Bruins’ pivotal moments that allowed a win for RBHS in a close game was senior guard Justin Hajicek’s last second dunk at the buzzer, leaving the Bruins at 27-23 at halftime. He said it was the team’s strong defensive plays and rebounds that made the outcome possible.
“We started off slow. I think we were playing a little tight. For that reason, the first game is always the toughest, but we were able to pull it out in the end. [Sophomore] Dajuan [Harris] hit a clutch free though to put us ahead. Ultimately, our defense and rebounding won the game for us.”
In the third quarter, BSS advanced with a 12 point lead. The Bruins pulled ahead by the end of the quarter with the help of sophomore Isiaih Mosley and Harris’ defensive moves, leaving BSS trailing behind at 49-38.
With 1:01 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Bruins and BSS were tied at 56-56. The final free throw from Harris finished the Bruins at 57-56, a victory head coach Jim Scanlon said was well deserved.
“It was just when we had some foul trouble [that things picked up. We’ve] got to give [BSS] the credit, they won the last two districts. Nobody had beat them yet [and] we finally did,” Scanlon said. “It was a good game, [but] this was the toughest game. The next one you just play, but this one was by far the toughest game. It’s a different feeling out here, but our guys played better.”
The win means the team will advance to the district tournament; for Hajicek, meaning the chance for the Bruins to fulfill an ambitious season finale.
“We got the win tonight, and now we have an opportunity to win a district championship on Saturday afternoon,” Hajicek said. “It’s been our goal since the season started to win the district. Tonight’s win just brings us one step closer.”