“We talked all week about toughness,” boys Head Coach Jon Young said following Friday night’s 59-52 victory over the second-place Lancers. “It was our word for the week and so we just kept encouraging our guys.”
Senior Chandler Gotfried rises above his opponent to put two of his 15 points in the basket during Friday night’s victory over the Lancers. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Toughness seemed to definitely be a catch phrase for the night as the Bruins began the game stone cold on the floor and didn’t score in the first four minutes.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying that the Bruins didn’t have any points though, they just couldn’t get a basket to fall.
“We were getting looks right at the rim and they just weren’t falling,” Young said. “Our shot chart looked great. We were just missing. They were just bunnies though, so we knew they would start falling.”
And begin to fall they did. After being shutout for the first four minutes the Bruins put up 12 in the waning minutes of the first quarter to keep the game with in five, 12-17.
Despite the score, the Bruins seemed to dominate the Lancers on the boards, and in the paint and in the second quarter it showed as they outscored the Lancers by 4 to bring the game to within 1 as they headed into the half.
The Bruins continued to make shots and control the rebounds through the third quarter to take a two point lead.
The fourth quarter saw an atypical scorer rise to the surface as Alex Pate put six points on the board and was one of only two players to score field goals in the fourth quarter.
When asked after the game if he had been working hard on his shooting or if his shot started to fall, Pate claimed he felt it was both.
“Coach Young has been splitting us up and we’ve been working post this year while the guards work on their outside shooting,” he said. “But I feel like some of it has been that the ball just didn’t go my way.”
“Tonight it did,” he added. “I’m pretty happy.”
Pate had 10 points total on the night to contribute to the Bruins final score of 59-52.
The Bruins honored their senior players Friday night and according to Young a victory was just the right way to honor the seniors.
“It’s huge. We’ve had a lot of adversity this year, all sorts of things, but these kids have hung in there. They’ve had every reason to mail it in, but they’ve kept fighting. I’m really happy for them,” he said. “I’ve been with these seniors for the last four years and I told them to just enjoy tonight and enjoy the experience.
Chandler Gotfried led the Bruins with 15 points including 6-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line.
Nick Corpening had 10 points, Ronnie Manley, 7 and Tyler Wood had 5.
Justin Murray, 3, Calvin Watwood, 3, Thomas Spratt, 2, Jake Vaughn, 2, and Chandler Dodd also contributed to the Bruins’ bottom line.
The Bruins improve to 4-4 on the season and are in a tie for third place in the Far West League. They travel to Sutherlin for a possible deciding game on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.