Bend coach Scott Baker wanted to see how his team would respond to constant full-court pressure.
Evan Brown, coach at Madras, wanted to see how his squad would battle an opponent with a significant height advantage.
Both were pleased with what they witnessed after the Lava Bears ran away from the White Buffaloes in the fourth quarter for a 68-52 nonleague win Tuesday night.
“It’s tough to simulate a team that plays this style,” Baker said of the Madras full-court press. “It took us a long time to adjust but I thought the kids eventually settled down.”
Bend led 29-17 midway through the second quarter before Madras senior Byron Patt made a 3-point play and then knocked down three straight 3-pointers in 20 seconds to put the White Buffaloes up 31-29 with 1:13 remaining in the first half.
“He’s capable of putting up big numbers,” said Brown of Patt, who finished with a game-high 28 points. “The boy can flat-out shoot the basketball. That’s what we do and when we’re able to get some steals like that we’re able to put those kind of runs on teams.”
After finishing the first half on a 4-0 run, Bend scored the first basket of the third quarter to take a 35-31 lead. However, Madras kept shooting 3-pointers and Dapri Miller made two in a row to put the White Buffaloes back on top, 37-35.
Ajump shot by Bend senior Jimmy Robertson gave the Lava Bears the lead for good, 41-40, with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Bend then outscored Madras 20-9 in the fourth quarter.
“We just couldn’t panic and that was the big thing was just trying to get these guys to not panic and do our stuff and learn and grow,” Baker said.
Brian Warinner finished with 27 points to lead the Lava Bears.
“It’s nice to have something to work on coming out of a win,” Warinner said. “It’s good practice for playing scrappy teams. I think we can be really, really good if we improve on a few things. I like where we’re at. Team chemistry is awesome. I like the guys I play with.”
Bryan Brown added 21 points in the victory for Bend.
Madras pressed the Lava Bears the entire 32 minutes.
“We’re going to face some other teams that are not going to be as big as us and they’re going to do the same thing, full-court pressure, lots of guard play and we can take this film and learn from it,” Baker said.
Bend (3-0) plays at Roseburg Friday at 6:45 p.m. while Madras (2-4) will play in the Seaside Holiday Tournament beginning Thursday, Dec. 20.
“I was proud of the way our kids played,” Brown said. “They played hard. They didn’t back down. They weren’t intimidated by the big size difference. There was a huge size difference. Our kids battled. The size won out there towards the end.”
— Reporter: 541-383-0307, dwiley@bendbulletin