By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Chase and Kenton Bansemer combined to score 41 points as the junior duo helped lead the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team over the Gold Beach Panthers in a 75-49 victory Tuesday night.
"The kids played hard and it was nice to get a lot of kids in the game," Coach Bryan Wood said.
The Bruins (10-2) jumped out to an early 12-0 lead and never looked back, using their defensive intensity to create scoring opportunities.
In the second quarter, the Bruins outscored the Panthers 23-13 and extended their lead to 40-20 at the half.
Although the physicality of the game seemed to overshadow the rest at times, the Bruins managed to overcome their problems with foul trouble and still get quality minutes out of multiple players.
The Panthers (6-6) held on in the second half as the Bruins only outscored them by six points.
Because of the quantity of fouls by both teams, game play seemed sloppy throughout, although the Bruins were able to better the Panthers when it came to points off of turnovers.
K. Bansemer had an incredible all-around night as he had a game-high 21 points to go along with 14 rebounds, six assists, five steals and five blocks.
His brother, Chase, also had a productive night with 20 points, eight steals and five boards despite seeming limited minutes due to foul trouble.
Fred Corpening had nine points for the Bruins while Nick Taresh added eight, A.J. Weber chipped in seven, Michael Wood and Michael Holmes had three apiece and Charles Chambers and Garrett Long had two.
The only Panther to reach double figures was Hugo Treinen who had 13 points on the night.
At halftime of the varsity game, Brookings-Harbor High School freshman Vanessa Meirer nailed a one-handed shot from half court to win $500 in the "Halftime Hoop Shoot."
In the JV game, the Bruins walked over the Panthers in a 78-40 win.
Cody Cozad led the Bruins with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Anthony Babb and Geoff Gowman added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bruins open league play with an away contest at North Bend (7-5) on Friday, Jan. 11. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
In the latest 4A Boys Basketball Coaches Poll, the Bruins were ranked No. 5 in the state.
Junction City remained atop the polls, followed by Marist, La Grande, Henley and then the Bruins.
Hidden Valley, whose only two losses all year have been to the Bruins, were ranked No. 8.