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Bear River can't make history in loss to Nevada Union

Bruins fall 51-43 to Nevada Union at Kendall Arnett
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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Bear River needed history on its side to bring home its first Kendall Arnett Tournament title but instead history simply repeated itself. The Bruins suffered a 51-43 wire-to-wire loss Wednesday to neighboring Nevada Union in the first round of the tournament. “We were just trying to find a way to score,” Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie said. “We were just struggling the whole game to find some good offense, get good shot selection.” Bear River will face Colfax, which fell to Del Campo 71-63, today at 3:30 p.m. Nevada Union will play Del Campo today at 5 p.m. The Miners (9-3) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and put together enough scoring bursts to keep Bear River at bay. The closest the Bruins got was within 18-17 when Jonny Cassar hit a five-foot, pull-up jumper with 5 minutes, 56 seconds left in the second quarter. Nevada Union used an 8-0 run in the next 2:19 to secure the cushion. Bear River (6-6) threatened again at the end of the third quarter when it pulled within 39-35 and appeared to be setting up a late run. Both teams, though, went cold in the fourth until Samuel Barber, who scored a team-high 12 points, hit a layup with 4:27 remaining in the game. The Bruins didn’t hit their first shot in the quarter until the 3:45 mark when Trevor McGhee scored on a layup of his own. That shot, though, wasn’t enough as it came during a Nevada Union 8-2 run. Bear River missed two layups in the final 2:30 and struggled within four feet of the rim much of the night. “We weren’t executing our offense, we were just kind of scrambling,” said junior forward Justin Beskeen, who scored a game-high 15 points but missed several good looks throughout the game. “If we would have executed we would have done a lot better…When we get in a hole sometimes, early, some of the guys go, ‘Well I have to get the team going.’ So they go away from the offense and take it.”