The Bear River boys basketball team faced a quality opponent in its championship game versus Liberty Christian at the Lehigh Tournament this past Saturday and twice rallied to overcome late deficits, but lost in double overtime, 82-77.
For the Bruins, sophomore guard David O’Brien scored a lay up with five seconds left at the end of regulation to tie it and send the game into overtime. Again, in the closing seconds of the first overtime with the Bruins trailing 68-65, O’Brien drained a 3-pointer over two defenders to tie it at the buzzer and force a second overtime. He ended with 19 points.
From there the guys ran out of gas as the team was outscored 14-9, said head coach Duwaine Ganskie. Senior Jake Sypnicki led the way with 20 points, followed by senior Braden Duncan, who tossed in 19 and senior Charlie Espinoza also chipped in 13. Both O’Brien and Espinoza received All Tournament honors.
Bear River (3-3) will look to bounce back Tuesday when it hosts Pioneer.
Oak Ridge 57,
Nevada Union 44
The Nevada Union girls basketball team finished as runner up at the Oak Ridge tourney Saturday after it couldn’t pull out the win in the championship game versus Oak Ridge.
“We came out sluggish and gave up a six-point lead early, which we chipped away to take a lead at the half by two, 27-25,” said head coach John McDaniel in an email. “Oak Ridge went into a zone and our bread and butter, the 3-point shot was not falling.”
The Lady Miners shot 4-of-21 from beyond the arc just one night after hitting 12-of-26 in the tourney semifinals. Melanie O’Brien and Sammy DeHart were named to the All-Tournament Team. DeHart had 12 points and nine boards, Sydney Porter tossed in 11 points and grabbed five boards and O’Brien tallied seven points and seven rebounds. Porter also held Oak Ridge’s leading scorer to zero points on the night.
The Lady Miners travel to play at the Wine Valley Tournament beginning Thursday in Napa.
JV: Nevada Union 39,
Del Oro 32
The Nevada Union girls junior varsity basketball squad overcame a sloppy first half and charged ahead of the Golden Eagles in the fourth quarter to be crowned champs of the Bella Vista tourney.
The Lady Miners were led by Aycee Willis, who tossed in 13 points and was named to the All Tournament Offensive Team. Shawna Latter also stepped up her game and dropped in eight points. Rachaiel McKnight played a key role on the defensive side for NU as she swiped four steals and was named to the All Tournament Defensive Team.
Both NU and Del Oro struggled early and went into halftime tied 19-19. There were many turnovers and mental mistakes, said NU head coach Gia Grim. In the second half the Lady Miners put on a press and made crucial free-throws down the stretch to seal it.
NU (6-2) plays against Vanden on Thursday in the opening round of the Del Campo tourney.
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