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BRUIN BOYS SPLIT PAIR OF GAMES AT ARCATA TOURNEY

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

A huge game from the Bruins big three – juniors Kenton Bansemer, Chase Bansemer and Fred Corpening – catapulted the Bruins to a 76-57 win over the St. Bernard's Crusaders in the Arcata Varsity Tournament Friday evening.

"It was a great night for us," Coach Bryan Wood said. "Now we're looking forward to some time off to rest and heal some injuries."

After being outscored 15-11 in the opening quarter, the Bruins were able to make some adjustments and blasted the Crusaders 27-9 in the second quarter.

"We had some trouble with the zone again in the first quarter," Wood said. "We came out in the second and started to apply some pressure and brought the tempo up to our pace."

The Bruins held a blaring 38-24 lead at the half and slowly built the lead throughout the rest of the game, leading the Crusaders by as many as 24 points.

Playing key roles in the Bruin win were the Bansemer brothers and Corpening, who seemed to be able to score at will against the Crusaders.

"That's what we've been expecting to happen all season and we were pleased to see it tonight," Wood said.

C. Bansemer had a spectacular night as he poured in a season-high 26 points while shooting a perfect 100 percent from the field. Bansemer went 11-for-11 from the field including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Bansemer also pulled down nine rebounds.

K. Bansemer had a double-double on the night as he dropped a season-high 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Corpening put up 16 points on the night and also grabbed nine boards for the Bruins.

Also contributing to the scoring was A.J. Weber with five, Nick Taresh and Michael Wood with three apiece, and Travis Bay with two.

Andrew Ayers led the Crusaders (4-7) with 19 points on the night.

The win helped the Bruins bounce back after a 64-59 defeat to the host Arcata Tigers Thursday night.

The Bruins led by three after the third quarter, but couldn't hold on against the zone defense of the Tigers.

"They went to a zone in the third and we had trouble adjusting," Wood said. "It was the first time we had seen a zone all year. We committed some turnovers and lost momentum."

The loss was only the second on the year for the Bruins, who have only fallen to Del Norte and Arcata, with both schools being comparable in size to 5A schools in Oregon.

"They're a good team and this is something we needed right now," Wood said. "It's a learning experience."

C. Bansemer led the Bruins with 17 points against Arcata while K. Bansemer had 16.

After a two-week break, the Bruins will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at home against Gold Beach.

The Bruins will open up Far West League play at 7:30 on Friday, Jan. 11 at North Bend.

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