The boys basketball teams opened the season last night, in front of a decent Tuesday night crowd, and both came up winners. The JV opened the night with an impressive 67-39 win over Cowan. The varsity followed with a 90-49 win.
The varsity Bruins jumped to a 9-1 lead before the Blackhawks rallied back to a 9-7 deficit. From there, it wall all Bruins, as they upped their lead to 17-9 after one. The Bruins then outscored the Blackhawks 32-18 in the second to lead 49-27 at the half.
Brandon Stroble and Luke Brown had big nights as they combined to score 60 points. Stroble scored 18 of his 29 points to lead the Bruins in the first half. Brown scored 15 of his 31 points in the second half to lead the Bruins after the break. Both struggled from behind the arc as Stroble hit 4 of 12 and Brown hit just 1 of 8. But both were much better within the arc as each hit 8 of 12. Dalton Willmann and Andrew Beckley each hit 3 of 4 inside the arc in route to 8 and 6 points respectably. Drake Ramseyer added 6 points off the bench. Brown added 12 assists, which was just one shy of tying the school record, and was 12-12 from the free throw line. Stroble had a game high 11 rebounds. Willmann and Mark White each added 8. Brown scored 30+ for the 9th time in his young career which increased his own school record.
The JV Bruins jumped out to a 19-2 first quarter lead and cruised to a 45-7 halftime lead. Several Bruins split time in the second half. Coach Grant Newlin shared, “The guards were able to pressure Cowan into making turnovers and not allowing them to get easy baskets. The team has been working really hard in the off-season to improve their defense and it paid off tonight.”
The JV boys were led by Jayden Daugherty with 15 points. Cam Elam added 11 points. Peyton Hurd chipped in 9. Other scoring were Terry Adams (8), Rydge Dunica (6), and Brayden Roberts (5), Dane Baker (4), Mickey Waters (4), Steffen Hoover (3), and Bill Harty (2).
The Bruins head to Bluffton on Saturday. The Bruin and Tigers will meet for the 49th time with the Bruins holding a light 25-23 edge in the win column. The freshmen kick off a 3-game night beginning at 5pm.