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Area roundup: Bear River boys basketball team handed its first loss

By: Journal sports staff
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Travis Anderson scored 20 points and Charlie Espinoza added 11, but it wasn’t enough for the Bear River boys basketball team to avoid their first loss of the season Tuesday night at El Camino, 61-54.
The Bruins (4-1) fell down 11-2 from the get-go and leading point scorer Justin Beskeen was held to a season-low five points. 
“They did a good job of keeping the ball out of (Beskeen’s) hand,” Bear River coach Dwaine Ganskie said. “He fouled out midway through the third quarter.”
The coach said Anderson, who scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, played his best all-around game of the season. 
The Bruins closed within two points late, but couldn’t overcome their early deficit. 
“Hopefully we learn some things and move forward,” Ganskie said. 
Bear River returns to the court Thursday at Victory Christian Tournament facing Valley Christian  at 5:30 p.m. 
 
Forest Lake Christian 72, Sacramento Adventist 36 — Chase Augustino scored 16 points and so did Brandon Camacho, as the hosting Falcons improved to 7-0 on Monday night. Forest Lake takes on Mountain Oaks Thursday at the Victory Christian Tournament at 4 p.m.
 
Placer JV 57, Pioneer 24 — Giovanni Roberts had 20 points and Justin DiRuscio added nine for the host Hillmen (3-2), who play Kennedy at 5 p.m. Thursday in the opening game of the Antelope Tournament. 
 
Girls basketball
Placer 62, Vista del Lago 31 — Elena Daniel had 12 points and Ari Jansen 11, as the Lady Hillmen improved to 8-1 Tuesday night in Folsom behind strong bench play. “I think the bench came in and played well tonight,” coach Tony Camillucci said. “Raquel Quirarte played great defense. Our bench gave us a boost tonight.” Kirstin Schauble and Maddie Graham both added eight both points for Placer, which hosts the Coach “G” Memorial Tournament Thursday through Saturday. Placer opens tournament play against Folsom at 8 p.m.