The Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball team couldn't overcome a first quarter deficit as they lost 49-56 to the Panthers of McKinleyville on Thursday night.
In the last week of preseason games, the Bruins came out flat and were outscored in the opening six minutes of the first quarter 2-13 before Head Coach Jon Young was able to ignite some drive in his starters and they began scoring.
"We didn't come out with enough intensity early," he said. "The deficit was hard to overcome.
"We talked about playing with passion and I felt they did that for the last three quarters."
The Bruins drew within three points at multiple times in the third and fourth quarters but couldn't find a way to put a lid on the Panther's top scorer, Christian Enos who had 16 points for the game.
The Bruins' top scorer, Nick Corpening had 22 points for the night, but saw a goose egg in the scoring column for the first quarter and didn't really come alive until midway through the third when he shot 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Other scorers for the Bruins included Tyler Wood with 6 points; Alex Pate, 7; Chandler Dodd and Jake Vaugn with 5 each; and Calvin Watwood and Ronnie Manley with 2 apiece.
The Bruins begin their league schedule Tuesday on the road at North Bend. The JV games for both boys and girls begin at 4:15. The varsity girls game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., while the boys start at 7:30 p.m.