In a low-scoring thriller of a game Tuesday, the traveling Lady Bruins varsity basketball team defeated the Marshfield Pirates 33-31.
The hometeam Pirates dominated from the beginning, ending the first quarter with a 16-9 lead. However, the Bruins took advantage of their opponent's inability to capitalize on free throws in the second quarter, scoring 9 points to Marshfield's 6, reducing the Pirate's lead to 4 by halftime.
The third quarter was pivotal for the Bruins, who kept up the pressure to outscore the Pirates 9-0.
The game became a nail-biter in the fourth quarter as the Pirates fought back, outscoring the Bruins 9-6, but it wasn't enough to catch up.
After trailing the Pirates by a large margin most of the game, the Bruins boys varsity team came back big time in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 40-40 and send it into overtime.
However, the Pirates took a quick 5-point lead with 2 minutes left, and the Bruins were unable to recover, despite a 3-point shot at the one-minute mark.
The Pirates scored a total of 12 points, winning the overtime battle 52-45.
The Pirates pummeled the Bruins 18-6 in the first quarter, and didn't let up in the second quarter, taking a 28-16 lead at the half. The third quarter was much of the same, with the Pirates leading 38-27.
The fourth quarter saw a rejuvenated Bruins squad that scored 13 points to the Pirates' two points, tying the game 40-40 at the buzzer.
The Bruins failed to maintain the momentum, allowing the pirates to take a 7-point lead and win the battle.
In Bruin JV action, the girls basketball team lost to the Pirates 38-28.
The boys team lost 48-32, and boys JV2 lost 53-48.
Last week action:
Boys varsity: On Friday, Jan. 3, the Bruins boys varsity team defeated Sutherlin 50-48 in their first Far West Conference game of the season.
In pre-season action in December, the boys basketball team won the Winter Lake Tournament in Coquille and the home Brookings Invitational Tournament.
The Lady Bruins played their first league game of the season on Jan. 3, losing 45-65 to Sutherlin, the number 1 ranked team in the state.