By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
In a defensive battle full of personal fouls and turnovers, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team pulled out a 47-37 win over the Hidden Valley Mustangs Friday night.
"This was a great preseason matchup," Coach Bryan Wood said. "Hidden Valley is a very good, solid basketball team and that's what we need in preseason."
Both teams got out to a slow start on the offense, with the score tied at 6-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bruins, who are usually a fast-paced, run-and-gun type team fueled by defensive traps, proved their versatility by playing a slower, hard-nosed game.
"They're a very good defensive team," Wood said of Hidden Valley. "We could have started to trap and create offense with our defense, but I felt that we could play at their pace and get the ball to our posts."
After the first half, the Bruins held a slight advantage (19-17), but several Bruin starters got in early foul trouble.
However, the Bruin bench stepped up and gave quality minutes while maintaining defensive intensity.
"Our bench was huge," Wood said. "I'm so proud of the guys coming off the bench and everyone in a Bruin uniform. Also, I'm proud of everyone in this community; they've been tremendous to us."
In the third quarter, the Bruins went on an 8-0 run, capped off by a steal and a two-handed throw down by Fred Corpening to put the Bruins up 28-20 midway through the quarter.
Kenton Bansemer scored the first six points of the fourth quarter for the Bruins, going to work inside and showing off his post moves.
"We tried to get the ball to all the posts and spread out the offense," Bansemer said. "We just played really well together as a team."
In the final minute of play, the Mustangs began to foul and put the Bruins on the line.
Foul shooting was one of the Bruins' few weaknesses last year, but they were able to turn that around and go 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute of play.
Michael Holmes, who handled the ball for the majority of the second half, went 5-for-6 from the line in the waning moments of play.
"I actually felt really good," Holmes said of the pressure situation. "I had a boat-load of confidence in my shot. I knew I was going to make my free throws and help my team win."
K. Bansemer led the Bruins with 10 points and six rebounds.
A.J. Weber had another big game off the bench for the Bruins as he went 4-for-4 from the field for eight points.
Holmes added seven points for the Bruins, Chase Bansemer had five and Corpening, Nick Taresh and Charles Chambers each had four points, while Michael Wood had three and Garrett Long two.
Taresh led the Bruins with five assists on the night to go along with five boards.
With the win, the Bruins improve to 2-0 on the young season and host the Bandon Tigers at 7:30 p.m. today (Dec. 1).
The JV Bruins fell in a closely contested dog-fight to the Mustangs, 59-56.
Cody Cozad led the Bruins with 17 points, followed by Joey LaThorpe with 14 and Jacob Eszlinger with13.