Bruin forward Alex Pate tries to control the ball and get past two Trojan defenders to the basket. The Pilot/Steve Kadel
Eleven Bruins scored Friday night as Brookings-Harbor High School roared past Douglas 74-51 to improve its Far West League boys basketball record to 2-3.
Coach Jon Young’s team led by nine points at halftime, but turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter to put the game away. Brookings-Harbor outscored the visitors 21-7 in that period.
“We like to try to increase the tempo,” Young said, referring to the full-court press that forced several Trojan turnovers.
On the offensive end, the Bruins hit repeated three-point shots and Nick Corpening made a habit of blowing past Douglas defenders to score at the rim. He led the winners with 18 points and teammate Ron Manley had 12.
The big margin allowed Young to remove all his starters in the waning minutes and give game time to less experienced players.
“It’s always fun to do that,” the coach said. “Those guys work hard in practice.”
Brookings-Harbor led by 14 points a minute into the second quarter, but Douglas chipped away at the deficit. A Bruin turnover and a Douglas field goal with 1:30 left before halftime cut Brookings-Harbor’s lead to 33-25. Young called timeout to talk things over.
The Bruins pushed the lead back to 10 when Alex Pate grabbed an offensive rebound and whipped the ball to Manley under the basket for an easy two points.
The Bruins’ third-quarter flurry was keyed by tough defense, but the team also showed its shooting touch.
Corpening canned a pair of free throws and picked off a Douglas pass seconds later, hitting a three-pointer. Then Chandler Gotfried contributed a field goal with 1:01 left in the third quarter as Brookings-Harbor went up 54-34.
Tyler Wood swished a three-pointer from the corner with :35 left in the third period and Bruin fans roared approval of the 57-34 lead.