Bruin senior shooting guard Tyler Wood came back from a three-game scoring hiatus with a vengeance Friday night, scoring 11 points as the Bruins downed the Vikings, 62-52.
The game began with a back-and-forth battle between the Bruins and the Vikings that ended the first quarter with a last-second 3-point shot to put the Vikings ahead by one.
The second quarter was an all-Bruin showcase as the Bruins scored 21 points to the Vikings’ 15 to take a 33-28 half-time lead.
The third quarter saw the Bruins falter slightly and give up their lead to fall behind by 1, before outscoring the Vikings 11-10 to tie it up at the end of the fourth quarter, 52-52, to send it into overtime.
The Bruins let the afterburners kick in as they went into overtime and outscored the Vikings 10-0 to win the game, 62-52.
“It was good,” Head Coach Jon Young said. “I was really proud of them. Obviously, playing on the road in a semi-hostile environment is difficult, but they really came out and played hard.”
Young explained that the team talked about jumping out quick in the overtime period and they felt like they accomplished that.
“A couple of their big guys fouled out early, and that helped us out, but I’m really proud of how they came out strong,” he said.
The Bruins were led in scoring by the duo of Nick Corpening and Chandler Gotfried who both had 14 points on the night.
“The thing that is most exciting about Chandler, is having another scoring option underneath,” Young explained. “A lot of teams key their defense on stopping Nick, and when there is another scoring option available it opens up the game.”
Wood’s 11 points put him second overall on the team in scoring and Young was glad to have his outside shooter back.
“Wood was awesome tonight,” he said. “Having him as an option on the outside forced them to play honest, and really opened up the game.
“And with all the things going on in his life off the court, it’s awesome to see him playing well again.”
Alex Pate had 8 points, Ronnie Manley, 6, and Justin Murray, 3, while Thomas Spratt, Jake Vaughn and Chandler Dodd each contributed 2 points.
The JV squad demolished their opponents, 52-30, led by Derek Hodge’s game-high 15 points.
JV boys and girls teams play Tuesday at home with game times scheduled for 4 p.m. against North Bend, and 6 p.m. against Siuslaw.
The varsity squad will have a week to fine tune their offense before they host South Umpqua on Friday at the CFCU Pavilion.
Game times are set for 6 p.m., for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.
A special thank you to Kevin Bane and the crew at KURY Radio for their broadcast of Friday night’s games.