By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
Friday night, the four Brookings-Harbor basketball teams - JV and varsity, boys and girls - swept Bandon, paving the way for appearances in the finals of the first-annual Brookings Rotary Basketball Invitational on Saturday at BHHS.
Another participating school, Myrtle Point, was similarly successful Friday, winning three of its four games. The only other school represented in the finals was Illinois Valley, which won its JV boys preliminary match.
Despite leading 23-15 at intermission, the Bruin varsity girls lost Saturday evening to the Myrtle Point Bobcats, 48-44, and finished second in their division.
To Head Coach Chris Schofield, the reason for the Bobcat's second half charge was simple.
andquot;We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the third quarter,andquot; he said.
As a result, the Bruins were outscored 19-9 in the period.
Down two, the Bruins entered the fourth quarter with hopes of reeling in the Bobcats. According to Schofield, the Bruins had chances to narrow the gap in the closing minutes, but failed to take advantage.
andquot;(The Bobcats) made plays at the end of the game, and we didn't,andquot; he said.
Although, as Schofield said, its always disappointing to lose, he saw a lot that was positive in the game.
andquot;Overall I was pleased with what happened,andquot; he said. andquot;It was probably the best four quarters of basketball we have played all year.andquot; Schofield was also pleasantly surprised by how the Bruins reacted to the pressure applied by the Bobcats on both side on the ball.
andquot;Typically teams that get out and run and press us cause us trouble, but I was very happy with the way we handled it,andquot; he said.
In the varsity boys final versus the Bobcats, the Bruins took some time to get rolling in the 91-47 victory. At the end of the first quarter the score was an unremarkable 16-13, but by halftime the Bruins had increased the lead to 18.
In the second half, the varsity boys hit their stride and ended the night outscoring the Bobcats 28-7 in the fourth quarter. With the victory, the Bruins claimed first-place honors in the boys varsity division of the invitational.
Head Coach Bryan Wood said he viewed the win as textbook Bruin basketball.
andquot;It's kind of the way we see ourselves,andquot; he said. andquot;If we could follow a model, this would be our identity.andquot; It wouldn't be a bad model either. Statistically, the Bruins dominated in several important columns, including points off turnovers (31-11) and total rebounds (44-23).
When asked what particular facets of the game may have helped his team, Wood pointed out two specifically.
andquot;We played very solid defense,andquot; he said. andquot;We also got good play off the bench, and that allowed us to stay strong throughout the night.andquot; The latter observation was supported by the stats, as the Bruins' bench outscored the Bobcat's 23-7.
With the game in the books, Wood said he was satisfied with the teams performance Saturday night.
andquot;It was one of the better team efforts we've had on the year,andquot; he said.
The JV boys also finished first, after defeating Illinois Valley, 56-38. The JV girls played well, according to Schofield, but placed second, having narrowly lost versus Myrtle Point, 33-30.
All four Bruin teams will have to wait until Jan. 2 for their next game, when they travel to Eagle Point High School. JV games will be at 4:30 p.m., followed by the girls varsity at 6 p.m. and the boys varsity at 7:30 p.m.