The Bruins finally met their match at the ONB Classic and came home with two losses in the final two rounds played on Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 at North Daviess High School in Elnora.
The near three hour drive likely did not help the Bruins cause. Poor shooting plagued the Bruins through much of the tournament and that was certainly the case on Friday and Saturday.
Part of that was likely due to seeing much better competition and defensive play from their opponents in Barr-Reeve and Loogootee.
The Bruins went toe-to-toe with the 1A, #1 ranked Vikings but a second half surge led the Vikings to a 78-56 win.
The Vikings went on to win the tournament to improve to 8-0 and 34-3 over the past two years.
Luke Brown fought his way for 29 points in the loss; it was the first for the Bruins this season.
Barr-Reeve has won their eight contests by an average of 24 points per game. They are very deserving of being #1 in 1A.
Brandon Stroble added 12 points. Dalton Willmann added four points.
On Saturday, the Bruins returned to play the Loogootee Lions (8-2).
The Bruins jumped out to an early 10-2 lead thanks to a couple steals and layouts by Brown and early good shooting.
But it was all downhill from there as the Bruins were outscored 77-53 the rest of the way in route to a 79-63 loss.
Brown was closely guarded by a trapping 3-2 zone that forced him a good 35 feet from the basketball most of the night.
Brown found plenty of Bruins open for decent shots but they simply wouldn’t fall for all but Brown.
Brandon Stroble did finally get hot late to add 19 points to Brown’s 25.
Brown hit 10 of 19 shots for 53%. His teammates hit just 12 of 43 for just 28%.
Meanwhile, Loogootee junior Jordan Wildman hit 13 of 18 shots on his way to a game high 32 points.
Dalton Willmann did score eight points for the Bruins. Max Wors added six and Cam Elam scored five.
Luke Brown scored 90 points in his three games to easily surpass the record of 81 points by one player in this particular tournament.