|Boys varsity in first place in Far West League action|
|Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot|
|January 17, 2014 10:10 pm|
The Bruins boys varsity basketball team is in a shared first place in the Far West League after defeating host Siuslaw 61-35 Thursday.
The girls varsity and both boys and girls JV teams also defeated the Vikings in Florence Thursday.
Boys varsity action
The first quarter saw equal action at both ends of the court, ending with a tie score of 10-10.
However, the Bruins picked up the pace in the second quarter. A strong Bruin defense, combined with the Vikings inability to hit free throws, allowed the Bruins to pull ahead 24-15 by halftime.
The Bruins were relentless in the third quarter, with Dexter Vaughn hitting five 3-pointers. When the smoked cleared at the end of the quarter, the score was 49-21. The Bruins had outscored the Vikings 25-6, hitting more points in the third quarter than in the entire first half.
The Vikings didn’t give up easily, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter compared to the Bruin’s 12 points. But it wasn’t enough to catch up with the Bruins.
Vaughn led the victory with 15 points, followed by Justin Murray with 13, and Calvin Watwood with 10.
The victory puts the Bruins’ league standing at 3-1, matching Marshfield and Sutherland.
Preston Mitchell had 10 points for the Vikings, who fell to 1-4 in the league.
Girls varsity action
The Bruins defeated Siuslaw 54-40, improving their league record to 3-1 in the Far West League.
The Bruin girls varsity squad came out strong, scoring the first six points and keeping the Vikings from crossing the center court. However, the Vikings returned the favor soon enough, scoring 10 points to the Bruins’ 16 points by the end of the first quarter.
The Bruins pulled ahead of the Vikings in the second quarter, leading at the half 34-23. The Bruins hit 8 of 12 free throws while the Vikings made 2 of 3 free throws. The Vikings never came close to catching up before the final buzzer.
Bruin Drew Farmer was the leader with 13 points, Mallory McDonald scored 11, and Courtney Watwood delivered 9.
Viking Ashlee Cole had 21 points to lead the team, which has yet to earn a first league win.
The JV boys basketball team defeated the Vikings 51-37, with Jordon King notching 15 points.
The JV girls basketball team easily conquered the Vikings 52-28, with Brenna Clarke nailing 14 points.
Next week the Bruins will play at home on Tuesday (against North Bend) and Friday (South Umpqua). The JV games are at 6 p.m. and the varsity games start at 7:30 p.m.