The varsity basketball team broke a 2-game losing streak to move to 9-3 with a 66-55 win over North Miami yesterday.
North Miami started the game off hot with great outside shooting to jump to a 17-7 lead midway through the first quarter. The Bruins kept their composure and made a quick 5-0 run to help cut the lead to 18-15 after one.
The Bruins turned up the pressure and were able to tie the game at the break at 36-36. The game stay tight throughout the third before the Warriors finally went cold through much of the fourth while the Bruins were better able to find the basket and take advantage of their free throw shooting to get the win.
JD Hoover, despite battling his third day in a row with flu, had a big game for the Bruins scoring 26 points and hauling down 16 rebounds to lead the Bruins. He had a monster third quarter effort as he scored all 9 points the Bruins would score. The Bruins limited the Warriors to 6.
The enormous amount of shooting in practice paid off at the line, as the Bruins were able to hit all 14 of the free throws they attempted in the fourth to seal the win. For the game, Hoover, Luke Brown and Brandon Stroble took all 26 free throws. Hoover was the only one to miss a free throw the entire night missing his lone shot out of 10 chances.
Despite continued pain in his legs, Luke Brown still managed to over come incredible pain to chip in 23 points on 5-9 shooting and added 3 assists. He hit all 10 free throw chances he took. Brandon Stroble finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds. He was 6-6 from the line. Mark White added 2 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Tyler Cagle scored a bucket and added an assist before surviving a scary full run into a concrete wall in the later stages of the game.
The JV boys defeated North Miami, 62-17. The Bruins were able to use their size and quickness on defense to get out to a 24-4 start. The Bruins did not allow a made field goal in the second quarter and only one field goal for the entire first half. The Bruins shot 50% from the field to take a 42-9 lead to the half. Great defensive efforts in the second half caused the Warriors to shoot only 12.5% from the field while hitting 36% of their own shots. 13 of 14 players scored in the game for the Bruins.
Coach Newlin remarked, “(I) was happy with the win and the way the team came out ready to play from the start. At halftime, I gave the team three goals for the second half and the team accomplished all 3!”
Dalton Willmann scored 10 to lead the Bruins. Zach Herendeen scored 8. Rydge Dunica and Caleb Mealy each added 7. Drake Ramseyer recorded 8 rebounds to lead the Bruins. Brandon Apple and Rydge Dunica had 4 and 3 assists respectively. They improved to 4-8 with the win.
The Bruins will travel to Mississinewa to play the Indians on Tuesday. the JV and frosh will both play at 6:00pm. The varsity
game will follow the JV game in the main gym.