Bear River edges Placer
In a game eerily similar to last year’s dramatic Bear River victory over Placer in the Kendall Arnett semifinals, the Bruins once again tripped up the hosts.
The Hillmen will play in the seventh place game after falling to Baer River 70-68. The Bruins will face Del Oro in the consolation title game.
Placer battled back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Trevor McGhee gave Bear River the lead with a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left and Josh Turney’s layup at the buzzer missed the mark.
McGhee finished with 23 points and Jonny Cassar added 18, including several big hoops late in the game to spark Bear River.
Junior Alec Knox scored 21 and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Placer. Turney scored 18 and added four assists while Cody Riggs added 12 with four assists.
“We played much better today,” Placer coach Mark Lee said. “We’re still a work in progress, but we moved the ball well, we played together much better. I was proud of our effort.”
Coach Duwaine Ganskie returned to the bench after flying in from Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon. He missed Tuesday’s loss to San Juan after a snowstorm on the East coast left him unable to fly home. He was pleased with what he saw against the Hillmen.
“Right now I’m just enjoying what was a really competitive basketball game,” Ganskie said. “It may not have been the best played game, but it was basket-for-basket at the end there and that’s why you’re involved with high school basketball.”
Placer saw the return of guard Darren Centi, who had missed the first month of the season with a broken collarbone. The senior played 12 minutes, but did not score.
McGhee was the difference for the Bruins, hitting three 3-pointers and making big plays on both ends of the floor. He said playing against Placer brings out the best in the Hillmen.
“We just don’t like each other,” McGhee said of the rivalry.
McGhee is looking forward to the return of backcourt mate Zach Welz, who will begin practicing with the Bruins on Monday. He has missed a month with a knee injury.
“He’s going to help us a lot,” McGhee said. “He’s a great player.”
Del Oro 71, Nevada Union 65
The Golden Eagles fought off a second-half charge from the Miners to land a spot in the consolation final. Jordan Broyles scored 22 and Alan Kidwell added 11 points for Del Oro.
Colin Lee led Nevada Union with 23 points while Chris Porter added 13.
The Eagles were thrifty with the ball, committing just five turnovers while senior Quincy Shelby led the defense with four steals.
Del Oro will take on Bear River in the consolation final at 5 p.m. today. Nevada Union will play Placer in the seventh place contest.
San Juan 68, Mira Loma 63 (OT)
The Spartans battled past the pesky Matadors to land in the title game against Colfax today.
Mira Loma led San Juan throughout the first half, but the Spartans rallied to send the game to extra time, where they dominated.
The Matadors, who beat Placer on Tuesday, will face Del Campo in the third place game tonight at 6:30 p.m.