By Josh Bronson
Pilot Sports Editor
For the second game in a row, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team used an explosive third quarter to propel themselves to a convincing 62-38 win over the South Umpqua Lancers Tuesday evening.
"I was really proud of everybody and it was a great team win," Coach Bryan Wood said.
After leading 28-19 at the half, the Bruins erupted for 21 points in the third quarter to take a commanding 49-28 lead after three.
Chase Bansemer and Nick Taresh helped the Bruins open the third as they dished out nine unanswered points to start the quarter.
The Bruins started the game with an 11-6 lead after the first eight minutes of play, but quickly picked up the scoring in the second quarter as they dropped 17 points heading into halftime.
With a 21-point lead after three quarters, the Bruin defense stood fast in the fourth and limited South Umpqua to 10 points while extending their lead to 24 by the end of the game.
While the Bruins were able to put up 62 points on the Lancers, just one-point less than their season average, it was the Bruin defense once again that defined the game.
"Defense is definitely our priority," Wood said. "We set the tone with our defense."
Heading into Tuesday's game, the Bruins only allowed an average of 48.1 points per game, which was tied for fifth best in the state.
The Bruins held South Umpqua to 38 points, nearly 19 points below their season average.
Andrew Nale, the Lancers' leading scoring, was held at bay by the Bruin guards and was limited to just nine points and one field goal.
"Chase did a very good job shutting down Andrew and Nick and Chris (Hodge) did a great job helping out," Wood said.
On the inside, the Bruin big men easily controlled the Lancers with a sizeable height advantage as Kenton Bansemer, A.J. Weber and Charles Chambers combined for 28 points.
The reserves also contributed quality minutes and came up big as the Bruin bench outscored the Lancers 20-5.
K. Bansemer led all scorers with 14 points while brother C. Bansemer added 13 points of his own.
Chambers chipped in eight points while Garrett Long looked close to full health as he scored a season-high eight points, all in the second half.
Weber and Taresh had six points apiece while Chris Hodge had four and Michael Wood had three.
Ryan Smedley was the only Lancer to score in double figures with 13.
With the win, the Bruins improved to 2-0 in Far West League play and 12-2 on the season.
The Lancers fell to 0-2 in league and 9-7 overall.
In the JV game, South Umpqua defeated the Bruins 54-42.
In the latest 4A Associated Press Basketball Poll, the Bruins were ranked the No. 3 team in the state.
The Bruins received 58 points in the poll while La Grande was ranked No. 1 with 67 points and Marist came in No. 2 with 63 points.
The first home league game for the Bruins will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 against the Siuslaw Vikings (1-1, 3-11).