The boys basketball teams took a long trip to Indianapolis to face Christel House Academy and came up short in both games.
The JV Bruins lost 35-29 despite leading much of the game. The Bruins jumped out to a 13-3 lead. CHA went to a full court press and the bruins struggled to beat it with a few quick turnovers to start the second quarter. Once they figured it out, they were able to keep the lead going into halftime, 19-14.
Coach Grant Newlin said, “Brayden Roberts and Nick Otwinowski gave us a big lift in the 3rd quarter with a couple baskets for each of them and several big rebounds.” With a 5-point lead going in to the 4th quarter, the Bruins struggled with the press again and were outscored 13-2 to finish the game. Coach Newlin added, “It was a tough loss knowing that we had the lead going into the 4th quarter and couldn’t finish it out. A lot of guys were having to step up into a position they had not been all season and I thought they played really well given the circumstances.”
The Bruins were led by Dalton Willmann with 10 points. Nick Otwinowski and Brayden Overmyer followed with 6 points each. Brayden Roberts finished with 4 points. Jaden Reum added 3 points.
The Bruins ended up on the short end in the varsity game, but not for a lack of effort and having to play short several players for various reasons.
Like the JV, the Bruins took an early lead which they maintained throughout the first half. The Bruins went to halftime leading by 6.
In the third quarter, CHA’s shooters warmed up as they hit 4 3-pointers which were their only 3s of the game. Things looked bad as CHA extended the lead to 15 early in the 4th quarter, but the Bruins didn’t give up. The Bruins gained their composure and chipped the lead all the way to 2 in the final minutes but a late 3-pointer wouldn’t fall and the Eagles walked away with a 73-70 victory. The 70 points was the most scored by the Bruins since February 13, 2014.
Coach Scott Clamme lamented, “It was a tough week. We came into the night with four players out with injury and four players suspended. Both the JV and Varsity showed a lot of heart tonight. Caleb Messersmith filled in as the fifth starter tonight and did a great job keeping their big kid off the glass. He’s their leading scorer and he only scored 8 points. A lot of that was due to Caleb’s physicality.” Coach Clamme continued, “Other guys stepped up as well. We have a lot of guards out right now so Mark White and Andrew Beckley had to play almost the entire game. When Mark when to the bench with foul trouble, other guys stepped up including Dalton Willmann. Kerigan Reynard was another guy who played a lot more minutes than usual and made the most of it. It seemed every time the ball was in the air, he was coming down with it. Nate Brown and Tyler Cagle did a great job finishing around the basket and helped bring us back in the fourth. I think both had their season high in points tonight. We also had a great crowd supporting us tonight. The guys really shared the ball well, especially down the stretch and it was fun to watch. I just wish we had been able to finish the comeback.”
Andrew Beckley had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Cagle had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Mark white had seven points and 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Nathan Brown also had a good game that included 4 rebounds. Dalton Willmann was perfect from the free throw line for 4 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Caleb Messersmith had 4 points in his first start. Kerigan Reynard had two points and 6 steals.
The Bruins head to South Adams next Thursday. The JV game tips off at 6pm.