Bruins Beat Down on Bulldogs

Zach Piatt
Sports Editor

The Northrop Bruins’ boys basketball team gave an old-fashioned whupin’ to the visiting New Haven Bulldogs in the Bruins’ home opener last Tuesday, 73-42.

“It was good for our young team to be able to win our first home game of the season,” said Northrop’s head basketball coach Barak Coolman.

The Bruins were led by Anton Berry with a team high 17 points and 11 rebounds.

“I feel we had a great team game,” says Berry. “We moved the ball and played solid defense.”

Northrop is a very young team this year. Three sophomores are in the starting lineup, with most of their upper class leadership coming off the bench.

“The team is steadily progressing, and since we’re young, we have a lot of inexperienced guys who are learning,” says starting guard, Robertson. “I feel we’ll be something great as long as we keep working hard and as a team.”

Northrop jumped out to an early lead with a 26-7 advantage after the first quarter, and led by 13 at the half. They closed out strong, doubling New Haven’s point total for the second half, on their way to a convincing 31 point victory.

“We kept a good tempo throughout the game,” said Robertson.

This was a good win for the Bruins, but the score doesn’t accurately reflect how they played. They had many turnovers that the Bulldogs failed to capitalize on.

“We must take care of the basketball and cut down on our turnovers if we want to keep winning,” said Coolman.

“We might have been a little too unselfish with all the turnovers,” said Robertson.

“If we played a better team, we would have been in trouble,” said guard Darius Craig.

Regardless of the turnovers, the Bruins pulled out the win, in a surprisingly dominating fashion.

“We played collectively as a team, and that’s why the score was what it was,” said Craig.

“We have lots to work on, but we’re very happy with this win,” said Coolman.

Northrop is now 1-1 on the season. The Bruins next take on the Eagles at Columbia City today at 7:45 p.m. Their next home game is this Saturday, December 6, against South Bend Adams.




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