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Justin Beskeen’s dunk pumps up, rallies Bear River boys

By: Trevor Horn / Special to the Journal
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In their final non-league tune up before PVL action starts next week, the Bear River boys held off Inderkum 59-56 in North Sacramento Saturday night.
Justin Beskeen scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the second half as the Bruins overcame a 10-point deficit early in the third quarter.
After Inderkum, playing without leading scorer Terrence White because of a sprained ankle, went on an 8-0 run, Nick Bachus scored a short jumper for Bear River.
But it was a two-handed, rim-rattling dunk from Beskeen that highlighted the rally and, according to the senior, set a new tone for the Bruins in the second half.
“Right when I dunked it, we were down by (eight) points,” Beskeen said. “We got a couple steals and transitions and then we tied it.”
After the teams started the fourth quarter tied at 41-41, Beskeen continued to shoot well and he and Bachus used their big bodies to box out Inderkum throughout the second half.
The Tigers, down by six with three minutes to play, got within one with one minute, 38 seconds left. But free throw opportunities for the Bruins in the last minute sealed the victory.
LD Dhahiwal led Inderkum with a season-high 22 points on seven 3-pointers, but the junior guard missed the last one as the clock expired.
Bachus chipped in with 12 points for Bear River and Michael Raigoza scored 11.
Bear River will open PVL action at Lincoln on Thursday night, and with a 14-3 record, Beskeen feels the Bruins finished their non-league slate on a high note.
“We are definitely excited going into league, especially with our record so far,” Beskeen said. “We are just trying to get a couple wins. The main goal is to get to playoffs and do well there and win all of our home games.”
And as for that dunk in the third, Beskeen was still smiling after the win.
“Always love dunking in an away court,” he said. “It just shuts them up.”
 
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