By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
After trailing by two points at the start of the second half, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team used a 19-7 third quarter to take control of the game and grab a 58-49 win over the North Bend Bulldogs in the Far West League opener Friday night.
"It was a great team win," Coach Bryan Wood said. "The kids worked hard and kept their intensity up. Our goal is to still be playing once league ends and this is just one step toward that goal."
The two teams battled back-and-forth in a tight first quarter that saw the Bruins (1-0, 11-2) lead by four points early on, but ended in a 13-13 tie.
At the start of the second quarter, the Bulldogs (0-1, 7-6) took a quick four-point lead, only to be countered by a Michael Wood 3-pointer and a layup by Chase Bansemer to give the Bruins a slight one-point lead.
But the half ended in favor of the Bulldogs as post Elliot Adams gave North Bend a slim 27-25 lead heading into the second half.
After being held to just four points in the opening half, the Bruins' Kenton Bansemer took control of the paint as he scored nine of his 17 points in the third quarter.
The Bruins took the lead right out of the gate in the second half and never looked back, leading by as many as 12 points in the quarter.
"The key in the second half was that we picked up the intensity, moved the ball well and executed in our half-court offense," Wood said.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs rattled off four quick points to cut the lead to six, but the Bruins answered back and put the lead back into double digits as K. Bansemer hit an inside bucket and twin brother C. Bansemer nailed a 3-pointer for an 11-point lead.
The Bruins kept their composure throughout the rest of the fourth and held a double-digit lead for much of the remainder of the game.
One of the big factor's of Friday's win was the emergence of the Bruins' outside shooting.
Wood hit four 3-pointers and C. Bansemer drained three from beyond the arc as the Bruins went 7-for-14 from 3-point range on the night.
C. Bansemer led all scorers with 19 points while K. Bansemer and Wood joined him in double-digit scoring with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
The Bruins were without Fred Corpening because of an ankle injury suffered in Tuesday's game against Gold Beach.
But on a brighter note, the Bruins' Chris Hodge made his return to the hardwood after missing all of the preseason recovering from knee surgery.
In the JV game, Joseph Tonn scored 14 points as he helped lead the Bruins to a 48-40 victory.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Bruins travel to South Umpqua to take on the Lancers. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m. while the varsity team plays at 7:30 p.m.