Bruins fall short in opener
Bear River High coach Duwaine Ganskie was forced to follow his team with text message updates and a post-game phone call Tuesday. The Bruins’ coach was snowed in across the country in Washington, D.C. and missed his team’s 76-65 loss to San Juan in the opening game of the Kendall Arnett Tournament.
The Spartans beat the Bruins for the second time this season with some impressive outside shooting and remarkable balance. Six San Juan players scored in double figures, led by Irakli Pachuliya’s 17 points.
Bear River trailed early and never regained the lead as assistant coach Rich Toschi guided the team in Ganskie’s absence.
“In the first quarter we got some good looks and even some second shots and the ball wouldn’t drop,” Toschi said. “They were scoring underneath and from the outside, which is something they didn’t really do the last time we played them.”
Bruin sophomore Justin Beskeen was terrific, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He helped rally Bear River in the third quarter as they cut a 14-point halftime deficit in half. But Alonzo Rainey and Kevin Daniel hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Spartans back in control for good.
Trevor McGhee scored 13 for the Bruins (5-7) and Brandon Wooner added 10.
Bear River senior Zach Welz was on the sideline in street clothes due to a knee injury that has kept him out for all of December. Toschi said Welz is expected to return to the court Jan. 1 and should be back in plenty of time for the Pioneer Valley League schedule.
Colfax 60, Nevada Union 50
The Falcons bucked their bad luck at the Kendall, for one game at least.
Colfax used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to grab the lead for good. Chase Mosier and a stingy Falcon defense did the rest. Mosier finished with 31 points and Colfax held Miners star Collin Lee to 16 points as they improved to 8-4 on the year.
There were some tense moments for Colfax in the fourth as Nevada Union closed to within two points of the lead on a three-point play by Ian Davis midway through the fourth quarter. But Elliot Forsman hit a big 3-pointer and Robert O’Connell scored back-to-back baskets as the Falcons pulled away.
“I was really happy with our composure,” Colfax coach Mike O’Connell said. “We’re a senior laden team and we came up with the big rebounds, the big plays at critical times. We were really focused tonight.”
Austin Oberg scored 15 for Colfax and Ben Buell grabbed seven rebounds. The Falcons committed just eight turnovers in the game. Mosier said Colfax was motivated to end its Kendall Arnett slump and get back at a Nevada Union team that beat them by two points in their season opener.
“We scouted them really well. We watched film today,” Mosier said. “We played them before, so we knew about Lee and we knew what to do against them. We definitely came out really focused.”
Davis finished with 17 points and Chris Porter added 12 for the Miners, who will take on Del Oro today at 3:30 p.m.
Del Campo 64, Del Oro 52
The Cougars were impressive in knocking off the defending champions Tuesday.
Del Campo had four players in double figures and held the Golden Eagles to 38 percent shooting in the win. The Cougars held a five-point lead after three quarters and hit their free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
Davit Saghatelyan and Chris Burnett scored 14 points apiece for Del Campo (10-4). Mason Welch added 13 and Alex Powell scored 12.
Del Oro junior Jordan Broyles scored 15 points while Austin Soldano and Alan Kidwell scored 10 each. Senior Kyle Russell had three blocks before fouling out in the fourth quarter.