The Bruins boys basketball team tackled the Bandon Tigers this week when they hosted them Tuesday night and took a big 74-40 win. The Bruins are currently 3-2 overall this year and are ranked No. 15 in the OSAA 3A rankings.

“We were able to execute well in the first half and improve over how we did at North Valley,” said Bruins coach Buell Gonzales. “They boys found the tempo they want to play at and I thought was good.”

The Bruins took a strong 19-6 lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Bruins kept just ahead with 11 points to the Tigers 10, leading to a 30-16 score in the Bruins favor going into the second half.

The Bruins opened the second half even stronger than the first, scoring 24 points in the third quarter with the Tigers only able to muster 7. Entering the final quarter at 54-23, the Bruins once again outscored the Tigers 20-17, wrapping things up with a 74-40 win for the Bruins.

Evan Fronckowiak was the top scorer for the Bruins at 17 points, followed by Brig Schofield at 14 and Logan Holler at 10.

Gonzales said that while the team is finding their groove, they’re still missing a lot of layups, which he hopes to buckle down on in the coming weeks.

The Bruins headed to the Hidden Valley High School on Thursday to compete in the Evergreen Tournament where they defeated their hosts 70-60 in the first round before taking on Lost River on Friday and Fall River later today.

The Bruins pick things back up on Monday when they head to Crescent City to play the Del Norte Warriors at 7:30 p.m.