The varsity boy’s basketball improved to 10-4 with a win over Eastbrook 83-74 on Friday night. It guaranteed the first double-digit winning season since the ’09-10 campaign and sits the Bruins just 2 wins shy of their first winning season since the ’01-02 season.
Playing again without starter Tyler Cagle due to injury, Mark White, despite 42 from Luke Brown, emerged as a force in his on right. The Bruins version of George Harrison, “The Quiet One” had his best overall game of the year in scoring 15 points, on 5 for 5 shooting no less, and grabbed 7 rebounds. He also added 2 assists.
Brown remained consistent in hitting 50% of his shots and hit 15 of 16 from the line in route to his second 40+ point game and eight 30+ point game of his 14-game career. He added 7 rebounds and 2 assists. JD Hoover bounced back with another monster double-double scoring 17 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. He also had 4 steals.
The near capacity crowd, had plenty to cheer about on both sides of the gym. Although the Bruins lead much of the way by 6-10 points, the Panthers refused to go away without a fight. Those in attendance got to witness a true shootout between two very good players as Ryan Mansbarger scored 34 points and broke the all-time scoring record at Eastbrook by scoring the 22 he needed by halftime (he ended up with 25 at the break). He was recognized for his accomplishment just prior to the second half.
The fans were also highly entertained by Boomer (of the Pacers) and the Power Pack who put on an awesome display of dunking talent at the break.
Nathan Brown also played well scoring 4 points, adding 3 rebounds, and added a steal. Brandon Stroble and Dalton Willmann added 2 points and Andrew Beckley added a free throw.
The JV won their gam, 45-39. With the win, the Bruins improved to 4-9. High scorers were Rydge Dunica with 11, Caleb Mealy with 9 on three first quarter 3s, and Steffen Hoover with 8.
The Frosh/C team also won their game 42-41 on a basket by Tommie Stiles with 7 seconds to go. The Bruins dominated most of the game before a late rally put the Panthers up late 41-40. There only lead of the game before Stiles late heroics. Terry Adams scored 14 to lead the Bruins. They improved to 4-7.
All three teams head to Jay County this evening. The Frosh/C and JV games will tip off at 6:30pm in two gyms.
Athletic Director Tony Uggen said, “Due to a conflict, there will be very limited updates tonight on Twitter (@BlackfordBruins) and Facebook (Blackford Athletics), but we will do the best we can to keep people informed throughout the game. I would check in with WGPW as they may be broadcasting the game.”