Bear River claims its share

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Bear River High boys basketball team wrapped up a share of the Pioneer Valley League title Friday night with a hard-fought 71-62 win at El Dorado. The Bruins (20-6 overall, 10-2 PVL) trailed by eight points at halftime, but senior Patrick Scott scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half to spark the comeback. Scott scored 13 in the fourth quarter and junior Johnny Jewett hit a big shot down the stretch for Bear River. Garrett Barbic finished with 18 points and Jewett added 13. The Bruins will open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs on Wednesday at home. Pairings will be announced today. Colfax 50, Placer 46 at Colfax — Justin Witt sank two free throws with 4.3 seconds left to put the final touches on the Falcons’ Pioneer Valley League win. Playing before a full-house at Colfax’s Falcon gym in longtime retiring Falcon coach Ron Pucci’s last home game, Witt stepped to the line in a double bonus situation and the Falcons clinging to a 48-46 lead. Witt, who was perfect 4 for 4 from the line in the final stanza, calmly meshed both charity shots to ice the contest. On the evening, Colfax was 15 for 19 from the foul stripe to just 3 of 6 by the Hillmen. Witt’s final two free throws capped a fourth quarter rally in which the Falcons, who had led by as many as five early in the quarter, trailed 40-39 with just under five minutes to play after Placer’s Michael Jensen had converted a trio of early fourth quarter treys. However, senior Colfax guard Jeff Divine hit a driving lay-in and bagged a 15-foot jumper to give the Falcons a lead which they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Divine and 6-8 senior pivot Ethan Guiles both tallied 13 points apiece to lead Colfax. Witt followed with 10 points while sophomore Austin Oberg added six and Kyle Greer and Joey Jergo scored four each. Placer was led by Josh Klem’s 14 points, 12 by Jensen, 10 by Jeff Patton and eight from Matt Ross. Colfax, 17-10 overall and 7-5 in the PVL on the season, will open the Div. IV playoffs Wednesday with an away game. The Falcons are expected to be the No. 11 seed when the playoff pairings are announced by the CIF on Sunday. Placer ended its season at 10-17 overall and 4-8 in the PVL. Colfax JVs Win Title – Trailing 27-17 at halftime, the Colfax JVs outscored Placer 21-4 in a tell-tale third quarter to get on their way to a 55-48 win and cinch the outright Pioneer Valley League championship. Colfax, 20-6 overall and 10-2 in the PVL, followed eight points from Chase Mosier, six from Ben Buell and five by Elliott Forsman in its big third canto rally. Forsman finished with 17 points to lead Colfax while Buell and Mosier both added 15 each. Tom Baldoni followed with six points and Austin Brown added a pair. Placer, which entered the game needing a win over Colfax to force a co-title with the Falcons, was led by Darren Centi with 20 points and Josh Turney with 13. Rocklin 78, Del Oro 45 at Loomis — The Golden Eagles could not deny the Thunder a perfect 12-0 Sierra Foothill League season. Spencer Butterfield scored 24 points for Del Oro, which finished second in the SFL at 8-4. The Eagles will host a first-round Division III playoff game Wednesday. Forest Lake 45, Sacramento Waldorf 42 at Sacramento — The Falcons claimed the Central Valley Christian League title by holding off the Waves. Forest Lake outscored the hosts 13-1 in the third quarter to take control, then held off a 14-6 run in the final stanza to win. The Falcons (10-2 CVCL) will host a fisrt-round playoff game Wednesday. Vacaville Christian 80, Foresthill 48 at Vacaville — The Wildfires’ run came to an end as the loss likely knocked them out of playoff contention. The hosts scored 30 points in the first quarter and Foresthill couldn’t catch up. Foresthill finishes the season 10-14 overall and 4-8 in the CVCL.