A week or so ago it was Groundhog Day. The little rodent surrounded by top-hatted men. The varmint checking out the weather forecast for them. In the movie, of the same name, actor Bill Murray’s character rises everyday to the behold the same recurring festivities over and over and over again.
It must have felt a little like that when the Brookings-Harbor boys basketball squad hosted Sutherlin on Friday in their second Farwest League meeting of the year.
To be sure, the Bruins in both games, hung tough with their Bulldogs counterparts for most of these similar games but in the end, Sutherlin vanquished Jess Beaman’s BHHS team by identical 16 point margins — 44-28 back on Jan. 17, and 50-34 on Friday.
First-period action featured a see-saw battle with both clubs exchanging a one-point lead several times before the Bulldogs went on top at the buzzer 11-10.
During the second frame, Brookings-Harbor’s Logan Holler grabbed back the lead with a quick jump shot only to have the stingy Sutherlin’s Kolbi Stinnett can a couple of shots along with teammate, Mason Gill, to outpace the Bruins.
Beaman got good efforts from senior, Cort Morris and Derek Tuttle who kept it close trailing 25-21 at the half.
After the break, Sutherlin quickly capitalized on two technical fouls levied against BHHS contributing four points to put SHS up 29-21.
Holler returned fire for BHHS making it 29-23 but the Bulldogs locked their jaws on the ball and got another five points on a speedy layup and a Collin Bodine three-pointer.
Keeping the contest within striking distance, once again, the Bruins rallied to pull within six, with Sutherlin still on top 34-27 to end the quarter. The Bruins took some comfort in the knowledge that they outscored the valley boys 9-6 in the frame.
It would be the final period, just as before, when these two schools last met, that would be the Bruins’ undoing. BHHS swished the nets early on as the game wound down, but every time Sutherlin answered canning baskets of their own, and gradually pulling away leading by 15 points at one juncture 46-31 with less than two minutes left to go.
Sutherlin coach Greg Stinnett watched as his Bulldogs outscored BHHS 16-7 to get the win 50-34 and stay in the hunt for the league crown.
With the win, O.S.A.A. seventh-ranked Sutherlin is in a three-way tie with Cascade Christian and St. Mary’s Medford, all at 6-2.
The Bruins fall to 3-5 in Farwest League after a close disappointing loss to Douglas Tuesday 67-60, a team that Brookings-Harbor had disposed of earlier in the year 80-53.
Top scorers for BHHS were Holler with 11 and Vanginderin with five.
Tonight, Feb. 11, the Bruins host St. Mary’s before finishing out regular season play on Friday, Feb. 14, traveling to South Umpqua.