Bruins roll over White Sulphur Springs, 83-36

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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Gardiner’s Elijah Byrd drives around a Manhattan Christian defender during a game earlier this season at Gardiner High School. Byrd led the Bruins with 26 points against White Sulphur Springs on Saturday. 

The Gardiner Bruins offense ran like a well-oiled machine in a dominant, 83-36, win over White Sulphur Springs on Saturday at Gardiner High School. 

The Bruins hit a whopping 14 3-pointers in the winning effort. 

The Bruins (13-2, 8-1) wasted no time getting their offense rolling. Elijah Byrd hit two of the Bruins’ four first quarter 3-pointers to give Gardiner an early lead. In just one quarter, the Bruins took a nine point advantage, 22-13. 

Gardiner head coach Brad Harbach said the Bruins worked hard inside to set up their outside shots.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well and aggressively attacked the rim, which opened up our outside game,” Harbach said in a message.

The Bruins kept their foot on the gas in the second quarter. Once again, Byrd connected from deep twice to lead the Bruins offensive charge. The Bruins defense got stronger as the game progressed and held the Hornets to just nine second quarter points to take a 43-22 lead into halftime. 

The third quarter provided more of the same – two more 3-pointers from Byrd. Byrd totaled 12 of Gardiner’s 24 third quarter points. The Bruins defense continued to suffocate the Hornets on offense. White Sulphur Springs scored just four points in the third quarter and the Bruins took a comfortable, commanding 67-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bruins starters gave way to their bench in the fourth, providing valuable experience for younger players. Gardiner still managed to score 16 points in the final quarter to close out the game, 83-36. 

Byrd was in a groove on offense all night. His six 3-pointers propelled him to 26 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. 

Evan Guengerich notched a double-double for the Bruins with 13 points and 11 rebounds. 

Guengerich’s hard work doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet, but it did on Saturday, Harbach said.

“It was nice to see Evan getting rewarded in the stat column this time for his usual blue collar effort as he produced 11 rebounds and 13 points, and along with his teammates, played solid on both ends of the court.”

Harbach also credited his seniors with their focus and willingness to get other players involved.

“A lot of credit goes to our seniors in making sure each possession counted and it showed as we shot the ball well and each player contributed in the scoring column,” he said.

Up next

The Bruins play the Laurel JV team at 7 p.m. on Thursday at home for senior night before they travel to play conference leader Manhattan Christian on Friday.