The Bruins came close to avenging last year’s playoff loss against the Sutherlin Bulldogs Friday night but ended up suffering a narrow 39-38 loss against their new league opponent.

It was a close game throughout, but the Bulldogs ultimately pulled ahead in the final quarter to take the win.

The Bulldogs took an early lead in the first quarter, but the Bruins trailed close behind at 10-11 going into the second. The Bruins soon snatched the lead, but the Bulldogs refused to let it go without a fight and wrestled things into a tie to end the first half at 20-20.

The third quarter remained close throughout with the Bulldogs taking a small lead towards the end. The Bruins stayed with it however and nearly tied things up before beginning the third at 30-29 in the Bulldogs favor.

The Bruins quickly tied things up in the final quarter before taking the lead. The two teams wrestled back and forth but the Bulldogs managed to get the upper hand at a 39-35 lead towards the end. The Bruins fought hard to take things to 39-38 with 30 seconds left but ultimately weren’t able to overcome the Bulldogs.

“We took a step forward tonight. We fought hard at home but ultimately fell short,” said Bruins coach Buell Gonzales. “We had a couple of possessions I wish we could have taken back, but at the end of the day, we gave it a good shot. Hats off to Sutherlin, they’re good.”

Logan Holler was the top scorer for the Bruins at 11 points. Brig Schofield was the next best at eight points with Jason Vanginderen taking third with four.

The Bruins are now 1-1 in league play and 8-5 in league play. They were last ranked No. 12 in the OSAA 3A rankings.

The Bruins play again at home on Tuesday against St. Mary’s at 7 p.m.

“We’ll have to play pretty well to win, they’re good,” Gonzales said.

Then on Friday, the Bruins travel to South Umpqua to take on the Lancers at 7 p.m.