Before tipoff, Rock Bridge formed in a layup line. There’s nothing special about a layup line — it’s a standard warmup from youth basketball all the way to the NBA.
The problem for Lincoln Prep though was that, unlike a normal layup line, Rock Bridge’s didn’t stop when the game started. Instead, the Bruins' line extended well past warmups and into the game, as they cruised to an easy 89-57 victory over Lincoln Prep at home on Friday night.
Rock Bridge (18-1) guards Isiaih Mosley and Dajuan Harris got to the rim seemingly whenever they wanted, scoring layup after layup and finding teammates for open 3-pointers when the defense shifted.
Mosley led the way for the Bruins throughout the game as he totaled 27 points, while Harris scored 12 of his own.
With time running down in the first quarter, Mosley was double-teamed at half court. But, in a play that summed up the rest of the night, Mosley knifed through the defense, finishing over another two defenders at the rim for a buzzer-beating layup.
Things got worse for the Tigers in the second quarter. The Bruins found greater success with their high-pressure defense, forcing turnovers that they turned into more layups and a halftime score of 53-29.
“I think we shot the ball pretty well and I think our defense led to that,” Rock Bridge head coach Jim Scanlon said about the second quarter. “We try (to attack the rim) because we have nice shooters on the perimeter, so when we do that, we’re attacking. That’s what we want to do.”
The rest of the game was more of the same for the Bruins — steals leading to layups over and over again. While the second half wasn’t close, Mosley and Harris made sure the game stayed exciting, thrilling the crowd with high-flying dunks.
After a steal in the third quarter, Mosley received the ball in transition and threw down a vicious right-handed tomahawk slam over a Lincoln Prep defender. Just a few possessions later, Mosley set his teammate Harris up for his own dunk. While Mosley screened the Harris’ man on the right elbow, the junior guard crossed over toward the middle of the floor and rumbled down the lane for an uncontested finish.
“When (Mosley) was about to set the screen, I heard the dude that was guarding (Mosley) say 'Don’t switch,'" said Harris. “When he said don’t switch, I already knew I was going straight to the bucket and no one stepped up so I just dunked it.”
While Friday was a pretty straightforward win for Rock Bridge, the team has its eyes set on bigger things.
“We’re worried about getting to state and the final four,” Mosley said. “All these games we’re preparing for them, but we’re really preparing for districts and state because we have a good enough team to get there and potentially win it."
The Bruins will look to pick up their 19th win of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 when they host Northeast Kansas City.
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