By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
An overwhelming defense that forced 23 turnovers and grabbed 20 steals helped the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team roll to a 73-33 victory over the Bandon Tigers Monday night.
The Bruins used five different defensive schemes to disrupt the Tigers and keep their offense off guard.
"Our defensive intensity remained high and we were able to keep the pressure on throughout the game," Coach Bryan Wood said. "The kids did real well with all the defensive schemes and kept the other team unsettled."
Wood and the Bruins used multiple trap defenses to force the Tigers into uncomfortable situations and into making bad passes.
The Bruins were able to capitalize on those miscues, with six players recording multiple steals, led by Fred Corpening with five.
Excellent defense generally fueled the Bruin offense as they constantly ran the floor and beat their opponents to the basket.
The Bruins also outrebounded their opponents 43-31, including 20 offensive rebounds which led to 24 second-chance points.
A.J. Weber led the Bruins with 10 boards, six of them offensive.
After the first half, the Bruins led by 15, but really turned up the heat in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 20-2 in the final period.
The Bruins got quality minutes from their bench players, who accounted for 15 points and never let up on the defensive end as well.
"I was very impressed with our bench," Wood said. "We're definitely seeing some of the rewards of our hard work and it was good to get back on the court."
Chase Bansemer led all scorers with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line.
Nick Taresh added 12 points for the Bruins while Corpening had 10 and Kenton Bansemer had nine.
Weber and Charles Chambers added six points apiece while Jacob Eszlinger and Michael Wood each had three.
As a team, the Bruins shot nearly 50 percent (49.2) from the field.
Max Devillers led the Tigers with 12 points while Archie Garrett added eight.
The next game for the Bruins will be against the Hidden Valley Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at home.
JV Bruins win 47-32
The JV Bruins outscored the Tigers 15-5 in the final period to cruise to a 47-32 win Monday night.
Joseph Tonn scored 11 first half points to help give the Bruins a 20-14 edge at halftime.
Justin Johnson and Eszlinger played aggressive defense for the Bruins, neutralizing the Tiger offense.
"Our defense in the first half was great," Coach Jason Fulton said. "We saw some good stuff from the freshman and even the guys at the end did positive things."
The Tigers came back in the third quarter and outscored the Bruins 13-12, cutting the lead to five by the fourth quarter.
But in the fourth quarter, Eszlinger took over and scored 11 of the Bruins' 15 fourth-quarter points, including three straight 3-pointers to start off the quarter.
Eszlinger led the Bruins with 14 points, all in the second half, followed by Tonn and Cody Cozad with 11 points apiece.
Cozad controlled the boards for the Bruins and the team struggled to rebound when he was not on the floor.
Joey LaThorpe added seven points while Eli Bruce and Nathan Hanscam each had two.