Northrop rallied to overcome a 16-win Homestead squad in boy's basketball action on Tuesday.
Here were five keys to the Bruin victory:
1. Halftime adjustments:
Northrop turned a halftime deficit into a 10-point lead thanks to its third quarter. That's a dramatic turn as the Bruins outscored Homestead 27-12 in the third. The biggest reason – it began to penetrate and kick the ball out offensively and stop Homestead from doing exactly that defensively. The first half the Bruins were settling for Brenton and Bryson Scott playing one-on-one but this changed in the second half. With that change, so did the result.
2. Second-half shooting:
The Bruins raised their field goal percentage from 44 percent in the first half to 61 percent in the second half. This included a perfect five for five from 3-point range. If the Northrop is shooting that well, it's going to be tough to keep up.
3. Picking up the pace:
The second half also saw Northrop really turn up the pace. When you have the Scott brothers playing the guard positions, this pace works in the Bruins favor. As the game quickened, Northrop was able to create turnovers and get out in transition. Homestead and Nick Gamble can play fast, but Northrop and the Scotts are better at it.
4. Stopping Homestead's bench:
The first half, Homestead's Kyle Togashi couldn't miss. The senior came off the bench and scored 11 points on four of five shooting, including three 3-pointers. Homestead's bench scored 13 points, but all 13 came in the first half. Gamble and Caleb Swanigan are going to score for the Spartans against almost everybody like they have all year, but Northrop didn't allow Homestead's secondary players to continue playing well in the second half.
5. Crashing inside:
Homestead had the big man on the court, but Northrop had more blocked shots and rebounds. Anytime Swanigan caught the ball inside, the Bruins had at least two, if not three, guys drop down to guard him and attempt to block his shot. The Spartans big man had multiple shots blocked from a help defender and with more guys down low the Bruins had plenty around to help rebound.