By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
Brookings-Harbor High School is hosting the first-annual Brookings Rotary Basketball Invitational this weekend at BHHS.
Game action kicked off Friday afternoon and was highlighted by a sweep of Bandon by the four Bruin teams.
The boys varsity game was an almost mimeograph copy of their victory over McKinleyville on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
For most of the first half, the Bruins played effectively, but didn't exhibit the ease of scoring they generally do.
Head Coach Bryan Wood credited Bandon's solid play for slowing the Bruin attack.
""Bandon just played good defense," he said. "On offense we didn't play with enough patience and took too many quick shots, and that hurt our defense."
As was the case with the McKinleyville game, the second half, and the fourth quarter in particular, was an offensive explosion for the Bruins. The stat that jumped off the page, and was again most noticeable in the fourth, was the Bruin edge in points off turnovers, 23-12. Many of those came in a bunch on fast breaks as the fourth quarter began.
Wood credited these points to the increased defensive intensity he saw from his team, something he said was lacking in the first half.
Bandon continued work throughout the fourth quarter, but were unable to overcome the Bruin lead that occasionally swelled to as many as 16 points.
Fred Corpening was the statistical leader in the 60-48 victory, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight boards. The Bansemer brothers, Chase and Kenton, had 16 and five and eight and eight, respectively.
The Bruin varsity girls began their game with a low-tempo first half performance.
"We didn't execute well," said Head Coach Chris Schofield. "Defensively, we didn't have enough intensity."
The result was a low-scoring half for the Bruins. Fortunately for Schofield, the Tigers were only able to muster 17 points in the half and the Bruins were able to take a four-point lead prior to halftime.
In the second half, the Bruins played like a completely different team.
"We made a couple adjustments, but the big thing was we just pressured more," Schofield said.
The Bruins caused turnovers consistently in the second half, which allowed them to add another dimension to their offense.
"We stated getting turnovers and turning them into fast break points," Schofield said.
Getting to the foul line also proved instrumental in the Bruins victory. The girls got to the line 20 times in the second half. The Tigers only attempted four free throws in the same span.
The Bruins carried a six point lead into the fourth quarter and added an additional nine points to the cushion by the final buzzer for the 47-32 victory.
Both JV teams also beat their Bandon opponents. The girls won easily, putting football blowout type numbers on the scoreboard, 42-6. The boys game was a more competitive, but the Bruins still managed to walk away with a comfortable victory, 55-45.
The invitational continues Saturday at BHHS with girls JV at 10 a.m., boys JV at noon, girls varsity at 6 p.m. and boys varsity at 8 p.m.