After opening the season with 13 wins in 16 tries, the Bear River boys basketball team has fallen on tough times.
The Pioneer Valley League has handed the Bruins three straight losses in the early stages of conference play, including a Thursday night loss to Placer, 64-44.
Two nights after losing to Colfax, 64-49, the Hillmen (15-5, 2-1 PVL) bounced back and played much better, building a 43-16 halftime lead and never letting Bear River back in it in the second half.
Six-foot, 5-inch senior forward Isaiah Pineiro led the Placer offense with 26 points.
Bear River’s Justin Beskeen, back after missing Tuesday’s game due to illness, led the Bruin offense with 14 points despite early foul trouble. Tyler Hajewski and Charlie Espinosa each added seven points for the Bruins in the loss.
Bear River (13-6, 0-3 PVL) will look to get back on the winning track at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they host rival Colfax.
JV: Bear River 59, Placer 45
The Bruins took down PVL foe Placer by 14 points Thursday night behind the hot hand of Ben O’Lena.
Bear River got 20 points from O’Lena to lead the offense. Dave Maestrella chipped in 12 points, and Brandon Murphy added 11 in the win.
The Bruins hit the court again Wednesday when they face Colfax.
Granite Bay 64,
Nevada Union 47
It was a tale of two halves Thursday night at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
The Miners held a 39-33 halftime lead as they were able to beat the Grizzly pressure and get plenty of open shots against their Sierra Foothill League foe.
In the second half, that came to a screeching halt.
“They turned up the pressure,” NU head coach Jeff Dellis said. “And we got tired.”
NU managed only eight points in the second half, including a fourth quarter in which the Miners were outscored 20-2.
Lucas Vojak led the NU offense with 16 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter.
The Miners (8-12, 1-2 SFL) will look to rebound at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a win against Del Oro.
JV: Granite Bay 63,
Nevada Union 57
In a hard-fought, tightly contested SFL battle, it was the Grizzlies outlasting the Miners Thursday night at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
NU’s Trevor Humphrys led the way for NU with 19 points, and Daniel Carter and Owen Smith each added 13.
Despite the loss, head coach Mark Casey said this was a good game for NU and hopes the squad uses this game as a stepping stone.
“We can build from this,” he said. “We can play with anyone in this league.”
The Miners take the court again Tuesday when they travel to Del Oro.
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