Bruins beat the heat

Bruins players avoid Cascade Christian players during their Saturday night game during the Bruins Beat the Heat summer tournament.

With the summer heating up, the Bruins basketball took indoors over the weekend to host their annual Beat the Heat tournament. Four schools came out to compete this year at Brookings-Harbor High School.

University Prep, Sheridan, Cascade Christian, Gold Beach and Mickinleyville all made the trip out to compete from Friday to Sunday in a casual tournament. Scores generally ended up being irrelvent, with most leads being reset throughout the games to keep teams focused inning to inning.

“Its summer ball time so its mostly about getting them out on the court to play and have fun,” said interim Bruins coach Jess Beaman. “We do tournament rules to speed the game up and not drag it out. In the last two minutes, if its ever a blowout we tie it up and find things to fix before you finish it up.”

According to Beaman, summer ball is generally meant to be more casual opporunity to work on the more fundamentals of the game and focus on having a good time. The team has a few more pickup games tentatively planned to with schools like Del Norte, and Mckinleyville throughout the summer as well.

Beaman also plans to hold open gyms over the summer to keep players active before the fall season finalyl comes around.

Beaman is serving as interrim coach this summer as a new head coach for the 2019/2020 season has yet to be named.

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