COOS BAY — Marshfield's boys basketball team had a glimmer of hope after the first quarter of the annual Civil War, but it quickly faded as North Bend's pressure defense propelled the Bulldogs to a 42-23 win.
The Bulldogs forced 15 of Marshfield's 17 turnovers after the first quarter, including eight in the second quarter that sparked a 12-2 run and gave North Bend a 22-10 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs applied their full-court pressure throughout the second, forcing Marshfield to play up-tempo and become sloppy with the basketball. Cam Lucero scored 13 of the Bulldogs' 22 first-half points on 5-for-8 shooting.
'I don't know why (North Bend) didn't come out with that (pressure) from the get-go," Marshfield head coach Jesse Ainsworth said. 'We struggled with it. A lot of that has to do with our stature. We struggled to look over the top."
Marshfield also struggled shooting the ball, going 9-for-32 for the game while only getting two trips to foul line. North Bend went 15-for-44 and was able to get much easier looks around the rim and in transition.
'We thought we needed to speed the game up and not let them get comfortable or in a rhythm," North Bend head coach Tom Nicholls said. 'We tried to give them different looks and keep them off balance."
Marshfield outscored the Bulldogs 10-9 in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs opened the fourth on a 10-0 run. They forced three consecutive turnovers, after Ty Roane hit two pairs of free throws, moving the score to 41-20.
'We came out a little slow," said Lucero, who finished with a game-high 18 points. 'We put the press on and they lost it a little. We made our runs. (Jake) Miles is pretty much their only point guard bringing it up the floor. We were looking to get it out of his hands and create some easy points."
The Bulldogs ran their flex offense after getting up by 20, taking over four minutes off the clock in just two possessions. The Pirates scored their only field goal of the quarter with two seconds remaining in garbage time.
The teams played before a large crowd at Pirate Palace.
'It was a great atmosphere," Nicholls said. 'The crowd was loud. I thought that was real good for us to have that experience and learn from. Hopefully down the road we will be in some other big situations."
Hunter Olson led the Pirates with seven points. Roane had eight points, including going six-for-six from the line, for the Bulldogs.
The two teams are headed in different directions as the regular season winds down.
Marshfield will try to improve its 3-17 record in its final three league games, starting with a home game Tuesday against Springfield.
The 17-1 Bulldogs aim to stay undefeated in Far West League, and possibly move up from their current third-place spot in the Oregon School Activities Association's power rankings. North Bend will play at Sutherlin Friday, before hosting Siuslaw Tuesday and finishing the season at Douglas Feb. 15.