On a bone chilling night outside, those who braved the frigid temps again witnessed the heartwarming fairy tale that continues within the confines of Bruin Gym. Coach Jerry Hoover’s Bruins stormed out to a 16-2 lead then cruised to an 85-65 win over Madison-Grant. The win was only the third in the past 16 attempts against the Argylls.
Luke Brown and JD Hoover each recorded double-doubles to lead the Bruins. Brown finished with a game-high 35 points and added 10 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. JD Hoover scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Brown attempt on the assist record fell just short of Rod Myers 13 vs Tipton in ’75. Brown may have broken the record but several short range shots were missed to prevent that from happening. Brown wowed the Bruin faithful several times with remarkable passes. One fourth quarter pass leading to a collective “gasp” when he appeared to be firing the ball to a teammate near the Bruin bench before, in mid-air, flinging a back-handed pass to a wide-open Brandon Stroble for an easy lay-up. More than a few fans remarked on that pass after the game with one former Bruin and BHS Hall of Famer Bill Johnson sharing “I have only seen one guy ever who has the floor awareness and passing ability that Luke showed tonight and that’s Larry Bird! And to think he is only a freshman!”
With his 35 point game, Brown has scored 30+ for a school-record tying fifth time in only his 9th career game. He ties Greg Glancy in that category.
The Bruins continued to improve on the best start in school history in moving to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the CIC. The Bruins on back-to-back CIC games for the first time since beating the same two teams, Elwood and Madison-Grant, during the 2013-14 season.
The Bruins got plenty of help from their role players. Brandon Stroble chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. Tyler Cagle scored 6 point and grabbed 9 boards. Mark White contributed 5 points and pulled down 3 rebounds. Andrew Beckley added 8 points, 2 rebounds, a block, and an assist. The Bruins also handled the ball well and turned the ball over a mere 9 times.
Coach Jerry Hoover was generally pleased with the overall performance of this team. The Bruins will face some larger CIC challenges in the next couple of weeks at Mississinewa next Friday and defending 2A state champion Frankton (9-2) at BHS in what is expected to be a sell-out on Friday, January 19 (tip: get here early!).
The JV Bruins dropped to 3-6 after dropping their contest with Madison-Grant, 57-39. Poor shooting made things difficult early for the Bruins who managed to hit only 5 of 25 first half shots. The Bruins also had too many turnovers, and were out-rebounded 21-14.
The second half went much better for the younger Bruins. Dalton Willmann scored 11 to lead the Bruins but spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench after fouling out.
Coach Grant Newlin commented after the game, “I was unhappy with the effort tonight and did not think the team was focused from the start. However, I was really happy with the leadership Dalton Willmann showed in the second half. After struggling in the first, we needed someone to step up and get the team playing to their potential and I was really proud of the way he did that. I look forward to it carrying over to our next game at Mississinewa.”
The frosh defeated Madison-Grant 38-35 in OT for their first win of the season. The Bruins lead most of the game and good sides lead late before the Argylls rallied to tie the game with 14.9 to okay. Dane Baker hit a big 3 in overtime to help seal the win. Baker scored 10 to lead the Bruins.Steffen Hoover scored 7 in his one quarter of play. Peyton Hurd added 5. The Bruins are now 1-5.
The Bruins head to Mississinewa on Friday night. The frosh tip off at 5:00pm.