You Spell "Bruin" T-E-A-M
Bears aren't the fastest animals, but no one's told the Rock Bridge Bruins.
"There are times when it's not the best thing, but that's how our team is," said center Brett Gifford. "And I've adapted to it, and it gets me in better shape. What can I say about that?"
Coach Jim Scanlon says his team's depth lets it apply relentless pressure on the fast break. He says it's his deepest team.
Point guard Logan Gray said that's a big advantage.
"We can wear down on people throughout the games," he explained, "especially when we're playing teams with good players like we have been lately. It seems like they get worn down in the 4th quarter."
Scanlon said conditioning will continue to make a difference.
"I think it will help us at the end of the season because, hopefully, we'll have some fresh legs," he explained. "But, we need everybody on the bench. We got 10 guys, and we need every one of them."
Added forward Erik Darkow, "Any person can do a different thing on any given night. So, it's just a matter of the night on who does what."
Scanlon said he'd rather have options rather than just one go-to player.
"I've never won with a star. I won with good players and teamwork," the long-time coach said, "and one guy has never been really valuable to me. You have to have more. It's a team game."
The Bruins hope to run to a state championship. Their next pit stop is Wednesday night in Jefferson City against the Jays in a possible preview of district play which begins in late February.