By Mathew Brock

Pilot Staff Writer

The Bruins boys faced one of their toughest opponents of the year last Friday. Though they had the home court advantage, the Bruins were unable to overcome the undefeated Marshfield Pirates who dealt the them a heavy 48-22 defeat.

At a 3-2 record, the Bruins are now sitting at third place in the Far West League. The team is now 9-10 overall for the season at rank No. 20 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Bruins opened strong in the first quarter, but the Pirates came out ahead at 13-8. While the Bruins kept it close for most of the second quarter, the Pirates deftly outpaced them near the end of the half, ending up with a moderate lead of 24-14. From there, the Bruins were never able to make the gains to catch up.

While the Bruins made gains in the third quarter at 35-22, they were completely shut down in the fourth as the Pirates ran away with a uncontested 13-point run that ended the game at 48-22.

“I was really pleased with our defensive effort, but we just couldn’t buy a basket to save our lives,” said coach Buelle Gonzales. “I felt like we came out ready to play, but when they shortened things up we started missing out shots so we never really recovered.”

Gonzales will be looking to polish the Bruins offense so that they can do a better job of matching opponents for points in future games and put less pressure on the team’s defensive plays to make up the difference.

Going into the second half of league play, the Bruins will be facing several strong opponents with a home field advantage. Their first two opponents will be Douglas and Siuslaw, who both drove the Bruins into overtime earlier in the year.

The Bruins were off Tuesday to prepare for the second half of league play later in the week. The team travels to Douglas on Friday to face the Trojans a second time on their home court at 7:30 p.m.