By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

After briefly giving up their lead in the opening moments of the third quarter, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team commanded the rest of the second half en route to a 61-44 victory over the Siuslaw Vikings Tuesday night.

The Bruins entered the third quarter with a slight 24-21 lead, but soon saw that erased as the Vikings' Danny Barnum converted on back-to-back buckets to give the Vikings their only lead of the game at 25-24.

But the Bruins would recover and end the quarter on a 20-7 run.

The fourth quarter was much of the same for the Bruins as they extended their lead to as many as 19 points on their way to victory.

It was the hustle and determination of the Bruins on the offensive glass that made the difference in Tuesday night's victory.

andquot;In the second half, we increased our defensive pressure and really hit the boards on offense,andquot; Coach Bryan Wood said. andquot;We did a really good job hitting the glass and getting second chance points.andquot;

The Bruins outrebounded the Vikings 45-22 on the night and converted many of those offensive boards into 27 second chance points.

Fred Corpening had a career night for the Bruins as he recorded a double-double with a career-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Teammate Kenton Bansemer also recorded a double-double as he scored 12 points and pulled down 13 boards.

Twin brother Chase also chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds on the night while Chris Hodge added six, Garrett Long had four, Nick Taresh three and Charles Chambers had two.

Barnum led the Vikings with 14 points and Jacob Mitchell added 11.

With the win, the Bruins remain unbeaten in the Far West League with an 8-0 record and have now won 10 straight games.

The Bruins now hold an 18-2 mark for the season and are currently the No. 2 ranked team in the state in both the AP and Coaches polls.

In the JV game, the Bruins defeated the Vikings 57-43.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Bruins travel to Douglas for their next game. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m. while varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.

In other action around the league, North Bend grabbed sole possession of second place as they defeated the Sutherlin Bulldogs 51-48.

South Umpqua also moved into fourth place as they kept the Douglas Trojans searching for their first league win with a 76-56 win.