By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

The Bruins faced off against their first new 3A league opponent on Friday night and made sure not to disappoint as they took a clean 57-41 win.

The Bruins took the lead in the first quarter with 13 points as the Bulldogs trailed close behind at eight. Things The gap widened greatly in the second quarter as the Bruins scored a whopping 18 points to the Bulldogs 10, taking things to 31-18 going into the second half.

The Bulldogs came out strong in the third quarter with a big 15 points to the Bruins nine, but the Bruins kept a firm hold on their lead as they transitioned into the final quarter. The Bruins made up for a slow third quarter as the scored another big 17 points in the fourth while keeping the Bulldogs in check at nine. Things wrapped up with the Bruins firmly in the lead at 57-41.

Sidney Alexander was the top scorer for the Bruins with 14 points, four of which were three-pointers. Lexi Schofield came in second with 11 points while Mickey Fulton rouned things out with eight.

“This team worked really, really hard, which they needed to pull off this win tonight,” said Bruins coach Chris Schofield. “We came out a little amped in the first half. I’m surprised we didn’t break a backboard. That kind of energy really helps offensively and defensively.”

Schofield says that the team a strong game, but could use some improvement under the glass. They struggled against the Bulldogs aggressive defense under the hoop but made up for it with a glut of three-pointers throughout the game.

With this win, the Bruins are 2-0 in league play so far and 7-6 overall this season. They were last ranked No. 10 in the OSAA 3A rankings.

The Bruins next opponent will be St. Mary’s at home this Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re a day at the time, but St Mary’s has some really good guards. They’re similar to Sutherlin and are working to get healthy right now, but its gonna be a good battle.”

The Bruins will then travel on Friday to take on the South Umpqua Lancers at 7:30 p.m.

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