Bruins rally to defeat Southridge
The Bruins played the worst basketball of the year offensively through three quarters on Monday, December 23. Fortunately, games are made up of four quarters and the Bruins made the most of the last one to rally from 11 points down to defeat Southridge 57-54 in overtime.
Southridge (2-6), but much better than their record shows, played a slower paced, methodical game until the Bruins forced the pace late. Southridge led 11-9 after one and 20-18 at the half. Meanwhile the Bruins were atrocious from the field as no one could hit a shot with the exception of Maxwell Wors who scored eight of the Bruins first nine points to give the faithful in attendance some hope.
Luke Brown meanwhile struggled to make just six points at the break including missing a very uncharacteristic four of his first six free throws, the only ones he has missed this season. But things would soon change.
It didn’t happen in the third quarter though as Southridge pushed it to an 11 point lead at one point and led 35-26 heading to the fourth. Brown did finally find his rhythm scoring six points in the quarter.
Southridge again led by 11 with 6:48 to play, but the Bruins picked up the defensive intensity and began forcing a faster pace and several Raider turnovers to inch back into the game.
Brown got his touch back and exploded for 16 points in the final quarter to get the Bruins back into the game. Max Wors hit a big 3 and Cam Elam added two free throws to account for the 21 points.
Heading to OT, Luke Brown scored at the 3:30 mark to put the Bruins up two. He hit two free throws at the 2:51 mark to give the Bruins their biggest lead of the game at four, 51-47. Southridge would score at the 2:34 mark on a rebound basket to cut it to two. But Brown answered with two more free throws to make it 53-49. A 3-pointer cut the lead to one with 1:11 to go before Brown hit two free throws to make it 55-52. Two free throws by Southridge cut the lead to one with 21 seconds to play.
Brown drove the court and found a wide-open Maxwell Wors under the basket who hit the lay-up to put the Bruins up three with around 10 seconds left. A 3-pointer to tie it hit the front of the rim and didn’t come down until time expired sending the boys basketball program to their first-ever 6-0 start.
Brown scored 26 points in the second half and finished with 36 for the game. His 29 shots from the field was the fifth most in a game in school history. Brown hit 13 of them to shoot 45% on the day which one would never have guessed based on his start in which he couldn’t buy a basket. He hit only 2 of 11 from behind the arc, but managed to hit 11 of 17 from 2-point range, most in the second half.
It was a tremendous team effort. The defense was by far the best they have played all year. They got a big boost from Steffen Hoover off the bench and Jayden Daughtry played some tight defense in spots in the second half.
Brown added four rebounds and five assists. Maxwell Wors added six rebounds and an assist. Rydge Dunica grabbed four rebounds off the bench. Brandon Stroble, who was surprisingly held scoreless but took only four shots the entire game, and Dalton Willmann each had three rebounds.
Bruins defeat Panthers
100-40 to improve to 5-0
The Bruins were clicking on all cylinders through the first three quarters in route to a 100-40 victory of Elwood on Friday, December 20. The win took the Bruins to 2-0 in the CIC and 5-0 overall.
Luke Brown was lights out from start to finish scoring 47 points on 17 of 25 shooting for a blistering 68%. He also hit all five of his free throws and has now hit all 24 he has taken this year. He added four rebounds, seven steals and 10 assists.
Brandon Stroble tossed in 17 and grabbed five rebounds. He added four steals. Max Wors scored 10 and pulled down six rebounds.
Cam Elam added eight points and five rebounds. Dalton Willmann scored seven points and added eight rebounds.
Peyton Hurd scored eight points and Steffen Hoover scored two points and grabbed five rebounds coming off the bench.
The Bruins jumped out to a 33-6 lead after one with Brown scoring 16 of those points. They led 63-21 at the half. Brown had 34 at the half. They lead 84-30 after 3. The Bruins scored 100 points for the first time since February 25, 2005, when the Bruins beat FW Keystone 101-28.
This was only the eighth time in school history that a Bruin reached the 40-point mark. Brown has six of them in just 43 career games.
The 5-0 start tied the ’85-86 and ’72-73 teams with the best start in school history. No team has ever started 6-0.