The Bruin boys basketball team fought off a scrappy team from Randolph Southern for three quarters to lead by nine heading to the fourth quarter.
But the offense finally clicked on all cylinders in the fourth quarter, scoring 31 points, to pull away for an 86-60 victory.
Randolph Southern (4-7) shot very well for three quarters to hang with the Bruins who were heavy favorites.
Peyton Hurd was the nice surprise of this one. He came off the bench to hit three of four threes, all from the right corner, in route to a season-high 15 points.
Luke Brown hit 60% of his shots from the floor including 9 for 12 of this two-point attempts.
Brown had just 16 points after three quarters but seemed more content dishing out assists to open teammates. He recorded 10 assists for double-double.
His four steals also lead to several easy lay-ups. He took over in the fourth quarter scoring 11 of his 27 points.
Brown also added two rebounds. His second was the 200th of his career. He also crossed the 1500 point mark of his career (1509) in just his 47th career game.
It is interesting to note that that was just the second time in Luke Brown’s career that he has gone three games without scoring 30 points. The last time?
The 2017-18 season in which his third game in a row below 30 was also against Randolph Southern.
He has never gone four games without scoring 30 points.
The Bruins led 22-16 after one and played the Rebels to an 18-18 tie in the second to make it 46-40 at the half.
The Bruins extended the lead to 65-56 after three much in part to Peyton Hurd’s hot hand. Brown then took over to lead the Bruins to a 31-14 advantage in the fourth.
Max Wors added 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Brandon Stroble had a tough night from the floor but still scored 10 points, a rebound and two steals. Dalton Willmann just missed a double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds, a steal and an assist.
Cam Elam scored five points and added four rebounds and two assists.
Rydge Dunica scored four points and Steffen Hoover scored two points and hauled down four boards. Hurd added three rebounds, two steals and an assist.
The JV Bruins jumped out to an early double-digit lead but the Rebels held around throughout.
The Rebels (5-4) took advantage of some sloppy Bruin defense in the second half and actually led by two points in the final minute.
A 7-0 surge in the final few seconds lifted the Bruins (6-0) to a 59-54 victory.
Landon Grimes scored 23 points and grabbed eight boards to lead the Bruins. He hit 11 of 14 shots for 79%.
Dane Baker added 12 points. Dawson Hundley scored eight points. Dayton Hoover tossed in seven points and added 10 rebounds.
The Bruins, who sit atop the CIC along with Mississinewa at 2-0, hosts Madison-Grant on Friday. The Argylls will come in at 6-4 and 1-1 in the CIC.
The Bruins should have some extra motivation due to the tough loss last year on the road.
On Saturday, the Bruins host South Adams who is now 4-3. The JV game will tip-off both nights at 6 pm.