By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team held the South Umpqua Lancers to 18 percent shooting in the second half and 27 percent shooting for the game as the Bruins used their defense to dominate the Lancers in a 48-34 win.
In the third quarter, the Bruins had their way with the Lancers as the defense held South Umpqua to a single point as the Bruins ran away with the quarter, 16-1.
"We had a great third quarter," Coach Bryan Wood said. "The kids came out and executed very well, played great defense and did enough to win. "
The 14-point victory kept the Bruins perfect in the Far West League with a 7-0 record and a 17-2 mark for the year. They also extended their win streak to nine straight games.
After pulling out to an 11-3 lead to start the game, the Lancers did a good job of keeping the game close through the first half as the Bruins only led by five at halftime, 23-18.
But the third quarter proved to be the difference in the game as the Bruins rattled off 13 points before the Lancers hit a lone free throw for their only point of the quarter.
Chase Bansemer continued the onslaught in the fourth as he scored seven straight points to start off the quarter, after ending the third by draining a 3-pointer.
The Bruins led by as many as 27 in the final period (47-19), but the Lancers continued to fight as they ended the game on a 15-2 run against the Bruin reserves.
Bansemer led the Bruins with a game-high 16 points while Fred Corpening added 14 and Nick Taresh chimed in with seven.
Kenton Bansemer had a difficult time on the offensive side of the ball as he was double and triple teamed by the Lancers every time he touched the ball and was limited to a season-low six points.
Michael Wood chipped in three points on the night and Chris Hodge added two.
Jake Grady led the Lancers with 15 points and Andrew Nale added 10.
In the JV game, the Bruins used a 25-9 first quarter to pull out a 62-48 win over the Lancers.
Cody Cozad led all scorers with 21 points as he dropped 12 points in the Bruins' big first quarter.
Joseph Tonn added 10 for the Bruins, Jacob Eszlinger had eight, Geoff Gowman had seven and Anthony Babb six.
In the latest AP and Coaches polls, the Bruins moved up as the No. 2 ranked team in the state after Marist lost to Junction City last week. La Grande remains the No. 1 team in the state.
The next game for the Bruins will be an away game at Siuslaw on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The JV game starts at 4:15 p.m. and varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.