By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Junior Chase Bansemer tied his season high with a 26-point performance as he helped lead the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team to a 59-41 victory over the Siuslaw Vikings Friday night.
With the Vikings double and triple teaming Kenton Bansemer down low, the Bruins were able find the open man, who usually ended up being C. Bansemer.
"Every time we touched the ball inside, there were two or three guys in there and Chase just took advantage of it," Coach Bryan Wood said. "It's much more effective when you can play inside and outside."
C. Bansemer was connecting from all over the floor; draining three-pointers, hitting short jumpers, penetrating the lane and cleaning up the offensive glass.
This is the fourth game this year that C. Bansemer has scored 20 or more points in a game and the third time he's done it in the last five games.
In the first half, the tempo of the game was slow and deliberate as both teams played solid on the defensive end.
The Bruins held a five-point lead after the first quarter and doubled that lead to take a 25-15 edge into the second half.
C. Bansemer caught fire in the third quarter, dropping 14 of his 26 points, as the Bruins picked up the pace on offense, outscoring the Vikings 18-15.
Down 13 points after three quarters, the Vikings started to put pressure on the ball, but the sheer athleticism and quick thinking of the Bruins allowed them to break the full-court press with ease.
Once again, the Bruins' size and hustle proved to be too much for the Vikings as the Bruins outworked their opponents 16-11 in the final quarter.
With the win, the Bruins extend their current win steak to five straight games and improve to 3-0 in Far West League play and 13-2 overall.
"Our goal is to be playing at the end," Wood said. "We've got three steps down and seven more to go."
While C. Bansemer scored a game-high 26 points, twin brother K. Bansemer also reached double figures with 12 points, followed by Garrett Long who chipped in eight.
Drew Rainwater led the Vikings with 16 points while Danny Barnum added 12.
In the JV game, the Bruins edged out the Vikings in a close battle, 38-35.
Justin Johnson led the Bruins with nine points, Cody Cozad had eight, Jacob Eszlinger had seven and Joseph Tonn had six.
The next game for the Bruins will be a home contest against the Douglas Trojans on Friday, Jan. 25. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m. and varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.