COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Bruins return to the American Basketball Association (ABA) for their second season in 2021-2022.
Unlike most organizations The Bruins inaugural season was nothing short of challenging especially with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. From having to bounce between gyms, reschedule games, and maintaining a healthy environment for our players, staff, and fans the Bruins pushed through and completed a successful season with a final record of 9-6.
The Ohio Bruins climbed the season rankings and eventually made it as high as 14th in the nation. There were tough battles all season long and the Bruins 6 total losses came from a total of 18 points. The most difficult loss of the season was to the North Central Champion Indiana Lyons in the regional semi-finals. The Bruins were up 10 points with 2:00 left in the 4th quarter when the Lyons called a time out and applied a full court press. This resulted in consecutive turnovers by the Bruins and the unique scoring rules of the ABA allowed the Lyons to rally back and defeat the Bruins by a score of 107-102 in overtime.
The Bruins were represented in the American Basketball Association all star game in St. Louis, Missouri by Cameron “Mr. Bruin” Mitchell. Cameron put on a show dropping a record 81 points and was rewarded with the all star game MVP.
After a disappointing end to the ABA season there were some personnel changes made for the summer as the Bruins competed in the Official Basketball Association (OBA). In the OBA the Bruins were coached by Dob Sellers and finished the season with a regular season record of 14-2. The Bruins traveled to Orlando, Florida and won the OBA premier league national championship with a buzzer beater from Sherman Dean.
As the Bruins gear up for this upcoming season in the American Basketball Association there will be a new head coach leading the charge. Head coach Robert Davis comes aboard with a young energetic staff that promises to translate the love and passion to the team. The Bruins also have a permanent home with all home games being played at Northside Christian School which is a full 94 feet court. This will allow for the Bruins to deliver a true professional experience for players and fans.
With the core of the Bruins returning this season; the goal is to win a championship and represent the city of Columbus, Ohio in a positive manner. For more information on the Ohio Bruins or anything pertaining to the upcoming season please visit www.ohiobruins.com.
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