Both the boys and girls basketball teams moved one step closer to playoff berths as the Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins defeated the Siuslaw Vikings in dramatic fashion Friday night.
Boys beat Siuslaw 78-72 in overtime
Critical free-throw shooting was the name of the game Friday night as the boys basketball team downed the visiting Vikings 78-72 in a hotly contested game that went into overtime before the Bruins could squeak out the victory.
Bruins' juniors Ronnie Manley and Derek Hodge were clutch from the free-throw line in the final minute of extra time as they made four straight free throws to put the game squarely out of reach for the Vikings.
Manley hit a 3-pointer earlier in the overtime period to put the Bruins up and then drained both of his free throws after being given the ball to add to his 35 total points on the evening.
"I was nervous about the free throws, but confident," Manley said. "My coach and my teammates trusted me and gave me the ball, it's great. I'm pumped."
Free throws not only won it for the Bruins but they were in overtime because the Vikings' senior center Jake Thompson failed to make the first of his double-bonus free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining in the game. Thompson made the second to send the game into overtime but the damage couldn't be undone.
The Bruins opened the first half in dominating fashion and seemed to have the game under control as they headed into the locker room at the half up 32-24, but the Vikings hit a string of 3-pointers in the third to get back in the game and the Bruins had to fight to force the overtime.
Ronnie Manley had 35 points, eight in the overtime period, and shot a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line. Justin Murray had 16 points, while Calvin Watwood, 9, Jake Vaughn, 7, Derek Hodge, 6, and Chandler Dodd, 5, also contributed.
The victory moves the Bruins into a three-way tie for third place in the Far West League with South Umpqua and Siuslaw at 4-4 with Sutherlin (5-3) and North Bend (7-1) leading the way.
Girls blow Siuslaw out of the water in 53-33 victory.
Friday night's 53-33 victory over the Siuslaw Vikings opened and closed on high notes for the Lady Bruins, but the intermediate quarters left something to be desired.
"We're all about momentum," Head Coach Chris Schofield said. "We'd get a six or eight-point run and then we'd not be able to sustain it.
"I've got to give them (Siuslaw) credit," he added. "They could have rolled over at the half, but they kept on fighting."
The Lady Bruins outscored the Lady Vikings 12-5 in the first quarter and 13-3 in the fourth quarter but allowed Siuslaw to score a combined 30 points in the second and third quarters.
"It was a good game," freshman Drew Farmer said. "I think we could have worked harder, but we ended up pulling it off and we worked really well together."
Even though the Vikings pulled within ten at the end of the third, the Bruins were able to put the game away in the fourth quarter.
"The girls did a great job attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line," Schofield said. "And they did a great job on the half-court defense."
The Bruins were led on the offensive by Mallory McDonald's 16 points. Athena Farr, 10, Iva Hart, 8, Lakota Hatcher, 6, and Jordyn Keys, 4, were also contributors in the victory.
The Lady Bruins remain tied for second place in the Far West League with the Douglas Trojans with a record of 6-2 in league.
The Bruins are on the road on Tuesday night as they travel to face the Lancers of South Umpqua before coming home for a final regular-season home game against the Bulldogs of Sutherlin on Friday.