In front of the largest crowd in years at BHS, possibly since 2002, the Bruins hosted CIC leading Frankton and came up on the short end 71-49. Although the score indicates otherwise, the game was tight through much of the first three quarters before the Eagles blew it open late in the third.
The 2A defending state champ Eagles, now winners of four straight, improved to 12-2 with the win and are 3-0 in the conference. The Bruins fell to 8-3 and are now fifth in the CIC at 2-2.
The Bruins cut a 10 point Eagles lead in the second to 6 by the half, 34-28. But the talented Eagles were too much in the second half. Luke Brown, still fighting leg issues, had an off-night shooting going 8-18 from the field but the Eagles get much credit for that by hounding him throughout the night to make him earn his points.
Despite the obstacles, Brown still managed 20 points and 4 assists. JD Hoover, fighting the flu the past two days, followed with another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler Cagle chipped in 6 points and collected 2 rebounds. Brandon Stroble added 4 points and 4 boards.
The Bruins struggled from the floor in hitting only 19-50 from the floor for 38%. The Bruins were better from the line where they hit 7-8.
The Bruins did manage to cut the deficit between the two programs greatly in one year. The Bruins lost by 52 points one year ago at Frankton and by an average of 51 points the past three years. Athletic Director Tony Uggen stated after the game, “The Bruins and their fans have to realize that we trimmed 30 points off last year’s score. It is obvious, despite the hope for a better outcome, that the program is headed in the right direction. I spoke to (Frankton Head Coach) Brent Brobston after the game and he spoke highly of the Bruins and their efforts. Things are looking bright for Coach Hoover’s Bruins. Building a program can be mentally excruciating because the trip is equivalent to running mile one inch at a time and many teams cannot stay the course. I believe in these kids. I hope everyone else does, too!”
The JV lost their game to Frankton, 40-33. Dalton Willmann led the Bruins with 8 points. Peyton Hurd and Steffen Hoover each contributed 7 points. The Cubs are now 3-8.
The Frosh/C team lost 33-29 to fall to 3-6. Terry Adams led the Bruins with 12. Dane Baker added 6.
The varsity and JV Bruins head to North Miami today. The JV tips off at 1:00pm. Directions to North Miami were posted earlier in the week, but it is on Miami County Road (570 E) 900 N off of SR 19 in Denver. You can only go left at that intersection as 900 T’s into SR 19. Doud’s Apple Orchard sits on the corner at that intersection.
A reminder that they only have seating for about 1380 people.
The frosh head to Marion for a tournament at 9:00am. Their first game tips off at 9:00am.