Bruins cash in on late turnovers

Jefferson City Jay Paul McMahon against Rock Bridge Friday at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Jefferson City Jay Paul McMahon against Rock Bridge Friday at Fleming Fieldhouse. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

The Jefferson City Jays’ roller coaster ride of a season came to a sudden end Friday night.

The Jays, plagued with bouts of inconsistency all season, erased double-digit Rock Bridge leads twice in the championship game of the Class 5 District 9 Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse.

But it all came crashing down in the first 4 1 /2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Trailing by only eight points to start the final period, the Jays turned the ball over seven times that helped spark a 17-2 Bruin run.

“It was a game of runs,” Jefferson City coach David Fox said after the Bruins handed the Jays a 71-48 loss. “Rock Bridge did a great job getting them, certainly in the second half.”

The Jays cut into a 12-point Bruin lead at 44-32 late in the third quarter by going on a little 6-2 run to make it 46-38 after three.

From there, Rock Bridge took advantage of the Jays’ turnovers and made the game look like a layup drill at times.

“Unfortunately, we had some critical turnovers during that stretch and we didn’t get a shot opportunity,” Fox said. “Those lost possessions hurt us.

“You’ve got to give them credit, they forced us into those turnovers. “

The Jays, who end the season at 12-14, played tough through three quarters against the ninth-ranked Bruins.

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