Southmont went toe-to-toe with Tri-West in the first half, but fell to the Bruins 70-58. Tri-West improves their season record to 9-10 overall, and 5-1 in Sagamore Conference play, while the Mounties fall to 3-17 overall, and 2-4 in league play. The Bruins clung to a 38-36 lead at the half, in what was one of the best offensive halves all season for Southmont. “We played well in the first half offensively,” Southmont coach Jake Turner said. “We are showing improvements offensively, and are definitely making some progress, and understanding what we are trying to do.” A 14-8 advantage by the Bruins in the third quarter proved to be difference maker, as Tri-West converted 18 Southmont turnovers into 24 points. Justin Howard led the Mounties with 21 points, while Luke Gregg added a double-double with 12 points, and 10 rebounds. “Luke Gregg played the best game of his career tonight,” Turner said. “Really huge and really happy for him.” Blake Van Slyke led all scorers with 24 to lead the Bruins, while Dawson Wolfe added 13. Tri-West shot a sizzling 30-of-51 from the floor, while Southmont was 22-of48. The Bruins out-rebounded the Bruins 28-26. Tri-West is back in action Friday at North Montgomery at 7:30 p.m., while Southmont hosts Frankfort.