BRUINS BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON WITH TWO BIG WINS

December 03, 2008 12:00 am
 Senior Fred Corpening going strong to the basket in Tuesday night's game versus the Reedsport Braves.  (The Pilot/Chad Robert Snyder).
Senior Fred Corpening going strong to the basket in Tuesday night's game versus the Reedsport Braves. (The Pilot/Chad Robert Snyder).

By Chad Robert Snyder

Pilot staff writer

Both the boys and girls Bruin varsity basketball teams won easily Tuesday night at Brookings-Harbor High School.

The opponent in both cases were the Reedsport Braves. The boys dominated the action in their matchup, winning in nearly effortless fashion, 91-40. The girls never trailed in their game and were hardly challenged in the 53-23 rout.

For boys' Head Coach Bryan Wood, the win was his first glimpse at what is to come this season.

"It was great to see everything on the floor working," he said, referring to the "hard work" the team put in all summer and in the first three weeks of practice.

Having amassed a 46-15 halftime lead, Wood said he was given an opportunity to play most of his bench.

"Every kid that went in played well and kept up the intensity," he said.

By the end of the game, Wood had played 12 players. As Wood said, any experience the bench players get could be a major asset down the road.

Kenton Bansemer lead all scorers in the game with 19 points. He also pulled down 16 boards and had 3 assists.

Wood called his play "consistent" and hinted that something is in store for the future.

"We haven't seen all we're going to see (from Bansemer)," he said.

The girls game was nearly a mirror image of the boys.

The Bruins were dominant, allowing only 2 field goals in the first half and 6 in the game.

The girls full and half court defense was stifling. The Braves were forced to take their first available shot in most cases. They knew that if the Bruins got into a half court set they'd have little chance at quality shots

"I thought that we didn't rotate well enough at times, but we did set good, strong traps and moved into passing lanes," said Head Coach Chris Schofield.

Schofield was also impressed with how his team reacted to being pressured full court.

"The big thing was, I knew they'd come out and press," he said. "And they went back to it a lot, but it didn't phase us."

The result was numerous scoring opportunities. Ciara Freeman and Chelsey Hannan led the girls in scoring with 10 points each.

On Thursday both teams will travel to Yreka for a three-day tournament. Times have yet to be announced.