By Mathew Brock

Pilot Staff Writer

A missed bucket at the final buzzer cost the Bruins a 50-47 loss last Friday to the visiting North Bend Bulldogs.

Now at 5-3 for league play, the Bruins sit securely in third place in the Far West League. They are 11-11 overall for the season at rank No. 19 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Bruins kept things close in the first quarter, matching each of the Bulldogs gains with a 3-pointer before ending at 13-12. Though the Bruins pulled off a big run in the second quarter, the Bulldogs matched it to tie things up 24-24 going into the second half.

The second half was rough for the Bruins as the Bulldogs took the lead in the third at 40-35. The Bulldogs pulled ahead early in the final quarter, but the Bruins grew close to tying things up as the game drew to a close. As the clock ran out the Bruins just missed a desperate 3-pointer that bounced off the rim and left things at 50-47 in the Bulldog’s favor.

“I felt we were a little sluggish and out of sorts in the first half, but our offense kept us in the game,” said coach Buelle Gonzales. “The defense in the second half was way better and we managed to rotate into our doubles better, but our offense fell off as we grew tired.”

With two games remaining, Gonzales hopes to polish up the team’s defense and work on playing a more consistent game throughout.

“We’ll pick things up and just work harder in practice,” said Gonzales.

As the season grows to a close, the Bruins league title ambitions have been quelled, but they’ll still get to have a crack at the undefeated Marshfield for their last game of the season.

The Bruins hosted the South Umpqua Lancers Tuesday for their Senior Night game and go on to play the undefeated Pirates at Marshfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m.