The Bruins had two road trips Friday and Saturday and finished with a split. The Bruins lost a heartbreaker at Madison-Grant 69-67 on Friday night, but went to South Adams on Saturday and rebounded to win 61-35 to finish the week 7-2.
In front of the first of two more nice sized crowds of supporters over the weekend, the Bruins got of to a slow start against the Argylls, but the game would turn into a very exciting game to watch despite the outcome. The Bruins trailed 17-11 after one, but battle back as Luke Brown got hot in the second quarter to lead the Bruins to a 33-30 lead at the break. Brown did end a school-record streak of 52 straight free throws in a season by missing two in the second quarter.
The Argylls regained control in the third quarter by outscoring the Bruins 21-15 to take a 51-48 lead heading to the fourth.
Brandon Stroble hit a big three at the 5:33 mark to cut the Argylls lead to one, 55-54. And Andrew Beckley basket gave the Bruins a 56-55 lead with 2:40 to go. The Argylls would then surge to a 62-59 lead before a Dalton Willmann bucket cut the lead to 62-61 with 2:13 to play. Luke Brown would hit two free throws with 1:21 to go to again cut the lead to one 64-63.
Madison-Grant again took a three point lead, 66-63 with about 10 seconds to play. Luke Brown raced the court to hit a lay-up with 5.4 seconds to play to cut the lead to one, 66-65.
That’s when things got very interesting. After a time-out, Brown stole the inbounds pass and was fouled on the shot with 3.1 to play. Brown hit both to put the Bruins up 67-66. But after a time out, Madison-Grant threw a long pass that was caught. On the shot, the Argyll shooter appeared to be bumped on the shot either by Brandon Stroble who was going for the ball or his own teammate also going for the ball. Unfortunately, a foul was called on Stroble with one second left and the Argylls hit all three free throws. A desperation shot by Luke Brown was well off the mark from ¾ court and the Argylls walked away with a 69-67 win.
Despite the call that did not go their way, the Bruins had several chances to take the game, but missed seven free throws and 31 shots from the field. The Bruins hit just 8 of 24 from behind the arc.
Luke Brown scored 36 points to lead the Bruins. Brandon Stroble tossed in 16.
The JV Bruins won their game 51-39. The Bruins used a 16-4 second quarter to take a 32-16 lead at the half and never looked back. Rydge Dunica added 11. Peyton Hurd added 11. Cam Elam and Brayden Roberts added 9 and 8 points respectively.
The Bruins, and their fans, fortunately had little time to fret about the disappointing outcome on Friday and looked ahead to their game at South Adams on Saturday.
The Starfires hung around early until Luke Brown got a lay-up to give the Bruins a 13-7 lead with three minutes to go in the first. Brandon Stroble paced the Bruins early in scoring all 8 of his points in the opening period. Brown later hit a 3 from behind the volleyball line to give the Bruins a 24-7 lead with 6:00 to go in the half. From there on, the Starfires would threaten no more. The Bruins would take a 50-29 lead to the fourth and cleared the bench for must of the final minutes. The Bruins went on to win 61-35.
The Bruins shooting woes continued on Saturday. The Bruins hit ust 8-26 from behind the arc for 31% and just 13-34 of their twos for just 38%. The Bruins shot better from the free throw line on Saturday going 11-14. Much of that due to Brown hitting all 10 of his chances.
Luke Brown again lead the Bruins with 35 points before leaving with about four minutes to play in the game. Dalton Willmann had a nice second half from the field to end up with 10 points. Brandon Stroble finished with 8. Stroble and Brown each grabbed 7 rebounds. Brayden Roberts grabbed 6 off the bench. Brown added 6 assists and 6 steals.
With 71 points on the weekend, Brown moves up to 8th all-time in career scoring after having now played in just 23 career games. He now has the biggest gap to overcome to get to #7. Hall of Famer Phil Payne sits exactly 200 points ahead of Brown at 959 points. Payne and Hall of Famer and current Board President Phil Jones (969) are the only two remaining above him who did not crack the 1000 point mark.
The JV Bruins started slow but held a 9-7 lead after the first. The Bruins had a great second quarter outscoring the Starfires 18-10 to take a 27-17 lead at the half. They continued with a big finish, outscoring their hosts in the second half 36-13 to go on to win 60-33. Cam Elam had a hot night scoring 21 points to lead the Bruins. Rydge Dunica scored 9 points. Brayden Roberts added 8 points.
The JV Bruins improved to 6-3 on the season.
The Bruins host the Mississinewa Indians on Friday night. The C game will tip off at 5pm with the JV and varsity game to follow. On Saturday, the Bruins travel to the Winchester Fieldhouse to play two games beginning at 6pm.