The Brookings-Harbor boys basketball team finished its regular season with a 64-54 win on the road against South Umpqua on Friday.
According to first-year BHHS coach Jess Beaman, the Bruins led throughout the contest coming out strong in the first quarter to amass a 25-point lead by halftime using that cushion to fend off a feisty Lancer squad that came ready to play in the second half putting a scare into the coastal contingent.
“They (South Umpqua) picked up the pace and came out hot making their shots and dug into our lead,” Beaman said.
At one juncture, Brookings saw the lead evaporate to a mere six-point advantage midway through the fourth period. Regrouping, Beaman was proud of the way his team rallied to fend off the hosts who wanted this last game in front of their home crowd in Douglas County.
“It’s been both the challenge, and when it is working, the success of our team all year long-learning to work together, stay focused, and stay with the game plan,” Beaman pointed out. “We did that towards the end of this game and that is why we left as the winners.”
The Bruins did hold on to get the all-important win to finish their league campaign at 4-6, a high note after suffering a three-game losing skid that left BBHS in the fourth spot in the 3A-5 Far West League standings and out of playoff consideration behind tied for first Sutherlin (8-2) St.Mary’s of Medford (8-2) and Cascade Christian (7-3).
Beaman was happy with his team’s performance even though three starters were not suited up and available to play in the finale.
“We overcame and did what we needed to do and that is a credit to the team as a whole that these guys stepped up and filled the void,” he said.
He says he plans to continue the program next year and points to the Bruins 67-59 upset over then-unbeaten at 5-0 Cascade Christian as a bell-weather indicator of the Blue and Gold’s future potential.
“Look, when we as a team stay on message, stay focused, and work together... anything is possible,” he said adding, “we proved that this year against a very good Challenger team. We did it then and we can do it again.”