By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
After trailing the North Bend Bulldogs by a bucket heading into the second quarter, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team outscored the Bulldogs by 20 points in the final three quarters to pull away for a 60-42 victory Friday night.
"I thought it was another great team effort," Coach Bryan Wood said. "But we give North Bend a ton of credit. They played hard and they made some runs, but we were able to handle it."
The Bruins continue to march through league play, improving to 6-0 in the Far West League and 16-2 overall.
"This was our biggest game so far," junior Fred Corpening said. "We came out a little shaky, but then we came out strong in the second half and took it to them."
In the opening quarter, the Bruins jumped out to a 10-6 lead, but the Bulldogs rebounded and closed out the quarter with a 10-4 run, leading 16-14 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Bruins stepped up their defensive play in the second quarter, smothering the Bulldog offense and holding them to just five points in the quarter.
Although the Bruins trailed 21-20 midway through the second quarter, a pair of baskets by Chase Bansemer, along with buckets by Nick Taresh and Charles Chambers, helped the Bruins close out the half with eight straight points to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
After the break, the Bruins did an excellent job executing their offense and gradually increased their lead to 15 points by the end of the quarter.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure, using a full-court press and a trap defense to try and slow down the Bruins.
But the Bruins were able to break the Bulldog press and did a great job moving the ball around the perimeter and avoiding North Bend's traps.
"I thought we did a nice job handling the pressure," Wood said.
And once the Bruins got around the pressure, they were able to be patient, work the clock and get off quality shots.
The Bruins slowed the pace in the second half and shot an impressive 62 percent from the field.
"We wanted to take quality shots and we didn't want to rush anything," Wood said. "We were able to take advantage of their traps and pick up opportunities that their trapping defense created for us."
Kenton Bansemer led the Bruins with a solid all-around performance as he dropped 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out five assists and nabbed three steals.
Twin brother Chase also had another good night as he had 15 points, six boards and four steals.
Taresh rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Bruins as he notched 10 points on the night.
Corpening and Garrett Long added six points apiece while Michael Holmes, Chambers and Chris Hodge each had two.
Sam Lynass led the Bulldogs with 14 points while Elliot Adams added 12.
In the JV game, the Bruins made a valiant effort at a comeback, but ended up falling to the Bulldogs, 46-40.
Joseph Tonn led the Bruins with 12 points and Joey LaThorpe had 10.
In the latest AP and Coaches polls released last week, the Bruins continued to be ranked No. 3 in the state behind Marist and La Grande.
The next game for the Bruins is a home contest against the South Umpqua Lancers on Friday, Feb. 8. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m. and varsity tips off at 7:30 p.m.