The varsity boys basketball team won an exciting game that had most on the edge of their seats the last few minutes of the game. The Bruins won it on a put-back buzzer-beater by Dane Baker at the horn to win it 52-50 over Oak Hill.
The Bruins got off to a slow start, but fortunately got 3s from Dawson Hundley, Cam Elam and Dane Baker and four points from Landon Grimes to hang around. Oak Hill led 13-8 before the Bruins got the big 3 from Baker that banked it at the buzzer to cut the Golden Eagle to 16-15. Little did he know that wouldn’t be his last buzzer-beater of the game.
The Bruins scored the first 10 points of the third, 7 by Luke Brown and a 3 from Dawson Hundley to lead 25-16. A Mickey Waters 3 upped the lead to 28-18 which would be their largest lead of game. Oak Hill scored the last four points of the half to cut the lead to 28-18.
Oak Hill came out hot out of the gate and cut the lead to 28-26 before a Grimes basket ended the 8-0 run over the second and early third periods by the Eagles. After Oak Hill cut the lead to 33-30, Luke Brown scored nine points in a matter of a couple minutes to up the lead to 39-32. The Eagles would whittle the lead to 39-38 before Brown hit another two late to give the Bruins a 41-38 advantage heading to the fourth.
Brown would open the fourth with another two, his 13 straight point for the Bruins, up the lead to five. Baskets by Waters and a 3 from Grimes gave their Bruins their second 10 point lead of the game, 48-38, and it look the Bruins were in control. Not the case. Oak Hill scored the next 12 straight points to lead 50-48 with under a minute to play. It was their first lead since the end of the first quarter.
Luke Brown was fouled with 16.2 seconds to play and hit two free throws to tie it. After Oak Hill burned much of the remaining clock a pass tipped by Dane Baker with 7 seconds to play was saved from going out of bounds by the Eagles but the flip back to the middle of the court was intercepted by Brown who, unsure of the time remaining raced side-by-side with Kian Hite for the winning basket. Brown, adjusting himself to the basket while racing the clock as well (he likely had no idea how much time remained), expected to be fouled but Hite backed off at the last second and Brown may have made his last leap towards the basket a hair early missing the lay-up. But a trailing Dane Baker grabbed the rebound and, falling slightly away to the right of the basket put it back up off the glass from about four feet just before the backboard lights lit up red to signal the end of the game. The ball fell through the net and the Bruin Faithful were ecstatic! Bruins 52. Golden Eagles 50.
Brown led all scorers with 24 points. He added 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. Landon Grimes scored 9 points and grabbed 7 boards. Dawson Hundley scored 6 points, both on 3s, and added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Mickey Waters and the game’s hero, Dane Baker, each scored 5 points. Waters added 2 rebounds and a steal. Baker added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a blocked shot. Cam Elam, who left the game in the middle of the second half after re-injuring his sore ankle, scored 3 points and added 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Scot Winger added 2 rebounds.
With the win, the Bruins finished 6-1 in the CIC. Madison-Grant won the CIC last night by beating Alexandria handily to finish 7-0. The Bruins are now 15-4 on the season. It was the third win in a row over the Golden Eagles. Oak Hill still leads the series 14-7.
The JV boys struggled early with turnovers, but managed to stay within two at the half. After some minor adjustments, the Bruins stormed out to a 10-point lead heading to the fourth. The Golden Eagles rallied late to make a game of it, but the Bruins hung on for a 53-50 win to improve to 6-10. Ethan Morris scored 20 to lead the Bruins. Mickey Waters scored 13 points. Nate Limle added 12.
The Bruins return to action tonight against 3A, and very tall, Bishop Dwenger in what should prove to be challenge for the Bruins and a good prep for the sectional. There are about 200 general admissions seats available for tonight’s contest. Fans are encourage to arrive when the gate opens at 5:30pm to ensure a ticket.
And an early heads up. The Bruins will head to Randolph Southern on Tuesday. There will be no tickets sold at the gate. Only those with one of the 142 vouchers provided to Blackford may attend. Most of those went to the players and managers families. The 13 or so vouchers remaining may be claimed (2 per person) until gone tonight at the gate.