Senior Alex Pate sets his feet and gets a handle on the ball as he prepares to go up against a Del Norte defender. Pate was fouled and went to the line where he hit 2-of-4 free throws on the night. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball team started the game with a 7-0 run in the first quarter. That run took the entire first quarter and the scoring got no better as the Bruins dropped their opening game of the Del Norte Warrior Classic to the host team, 30-36.
There seemed to be a lid on the basket as the Bruins missed jump shots, 3-pointers and free throws by inches during the entire game.
While the Bruins couldn’t get the ball to fall when they were open, Head Coach Jon Young gave plenty of credit to the Del Norte defense.
“They played great defense, that is what they’re known for,” he said. “But I wish that we would have shot the ball a little better.”
The Bruins struggled with shot clock violations in the first quarter of the game, turning over the ball after the buzzer signaled the end of the 35-second shot clock that isn’t used at the high school level in Oregon.
They figured it out in time for the second quarter and used Chandler Gotfried’s four points to jump to an 18-12 lead to end the first half.
Gotfried led the team in points with 12 and shot 4-of-5 from the free-throw line for the night.
The team’s perennial leading scorer, Nick Corpening, couldn’t buy a basket, going 2-for-9 from the free-throw line and hitting only one shot from the floor for four points.
“We just didn’t have great discipline on our offense,” Young said. “We didn’t get the shots we were looking for.”
The Bruins scored just seven points in the third quarter while allowing the Warriors 14 to end the quarter down by three.
The Bruins’ scoring woes continued in the fourth quarter as the Bruins scored just five points to the Warriors eight.
Tyler Wood had two 3-pointers on the evening for six, Calvin Watwood had four and Jake Vaughn and Alex Pate each had two.
The Bruins did away with their scoring woes before heading into Friday night’s game against the Warriors of Hoopa Valley High School, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 71-80.
“We led by three or four going into the half,” Young said. “They came out strong in the third quarter though and made a run on us and were up by as much as 14 at one point before ending the third up by 10.”
The inability to put the ball through the hoop that had plagued Corpening disappeared as he put 15 on the board to help the Bruins get to 70.
“It was the exact opposite of Thursday,” Young said. “Nick played much better, and Chandler Gotfried had 22 points to lead the team.”
The Bruins kept it competitive in the fourth quarter, but gave up some points on transition that really hurt them, according to Young.
The varsity squad resumes play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 5 when they host Mckinleyville High School in the CFCU Pavilion.
The Bruins JV squad plays the JV Panthers of McKinleyville today at 1 p.m. at Del Norte High School in Crescent City.