After dropping the Bandon Tigers like a hot potato in the loss column, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball team took a drubbing at the hands of the 2010-2011 OSAA 4A state champion Phoenix Pirates, losing 36-71 in the final game of the Brookings Invitational.
The Bruins played an intense game for the first quarter and led to begin the second, before allowing the Pirate's high pressure defense to break them down for a loss.
The Bruins took some of the shame from that loss and converted it to desire for victory during a tough practice on Monday.
"Do we work as hard during our games as we did today during practice?" Head Coach Jon Young asked at the end of practice.
The responses ranged from a flat "no," to "sometimes."
"You top six to eight guys have to take the intensity that we had today and play a full game with it," Young said. "You bottom seven to 15 guys have to be cheering from the bench with just as much intensity as they're playing with."
The Bruins seemed to take Young's words to heart as they rallied from a 17-24 deficit at the half to defeat the Mustangs of Hidden Valley, 48-40 on Tuesday night.
The first quarter of the game found the Bruins down 9-12 and then they dropped to seven points behind, 17-24 to end the half.
A 19-9 third-quarter effort by the Bruins erased the Mustangs' advantage and the Bruins took a 36-33 lead going into the final quarter.
The Bruins kept their scoring drive going into the fourth quarter as they outscored the Mustangs 12-7 to win 48-40 on the road.
The team was led in its scoring by Justin Murray with nine points.
Nick Corpening had eight, while Chandler Gotfried added six. Thomas Spratt, Tyler Wood and Ronnie Manley each had five.
The boys' JV squad led the first half of the early game before dropping the lead and losing 45-61.
The Bruins kick off the Del Norte Invitational tournament at 7 p.m. this Thursday with a game against Del Norte High School. They play again at 7 p.m. on Friday against Hoopa.