By Mathew Brock

Bruins Boys Basketball

Vs. Coquille

The Bruins boys basketball team played the Coquille Red Devils last Tuesday resulting in a 58-39 loss for the Bruins. This puts the Bruins at 2-4 overall at 27th place in the OSAA 4A rankings.

According to Head Coach Buelle Gonzales, the Bruins boys played a strong first quarter against Coquille but could not keep that momentum moving forward into the second half or beyond.

“We’re struggling to put together the mental side of what we do on offense,” said Gonzales. “We’re working on it. I want perfection from my kids because they’re only going to strive for the bar that I set.”

In the previous week the team had several players out for the game because of illness but according to Gonzales the team is now fully recovered and focused during their weekly practices.

Vs. McKinley

The Bruins boys travelled to the Eureka Tourney on Thursday to play against the McKinleyville Panthers for the first of three tournament games. The Bruins lost 61-40 to the Panthers, putting them at 2-5 for the season. The top scorer for the Bruins was Austin Fronckowiak at 10 points,

“We played hard and defensively in the first quarter, but the second quarter we came out flat offensively and just never brought it back in the third or fourth quarter, ” said Head Coach Buelle Gonzales. “We had a lot of empty possessions, turnovers, and missed shots.”

The Bruins go on to play two more games at the Eureka Tourney Friday and today. They then travel to the Salem Academy Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28.

Bruins Girls Basketball

Vs. Coquille

The Bruins girls defeated Coquille Thursday, 47-37, making them 2-4 overall for the season and moving them to rank 24 in the OSAA 4A rankings. Abby Farmer was the top scorer of the Bruins at 29 points.

After a powerful opening quarter, the Bruins kept a firm lead for the rest of the game.

“We started out strong at 17-3 and we rode that strong until the end.” said Head Coach Chris Schofield.

The Bruins girls went on to play three games in the McKinleyville tournament later in the week.

Vs. Hoopa Valley

To kick off the McKinleyville Tournament, the Bruins girls basketball team played against the Hoopa Valley Warriors for a 51-45 loss for the Bruins. This puts them at 2-5 overall for the season and moving them to 25th place in the OSAA 4A rankings. The top scorer for the Bruins was Abby Farmer at 12 points.

The majority of the game was close, but the Bruins gradually fell behind after ending at the first quarter at 10-13 by scoring only one point less than the Warriors each remaining quarter.

“We started slow and dug ourselves a little bit of a hole,” said Head Coach Christopher Schofield. “It was a real physical game, but it wasn’t the worst thing for the girls to experience a real dogfight.”

The Bruins girls go on to play two more games at the McKinleyville tournament. They then travel to the Salem Academy Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28.

Bruins Wrestling

Due to illness affecting most of the Brookings wrestling team, the Eureka vs. Brookings-Harbor Dual meet at Brookings-Harbor High School was canceled.

The Bruins instead fight this weekend at the Grants Pass Invitational.

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