Bear River falls short at West Campus |

Bear River falls short at West Campus

Up by 10 points at halftime, the underdog Bruins boys basketball team was in perfect position to steal a win from West Campus.

But it was not meant to be – West Campus made a run in the third quarter and held on at the end of the game to get the 57-56 win.

The game got off to a flawless start for Bear River, and according to Bruins assistant coach Steve Box, the first half was the best basketball Bear River had played all season.

Jacob Lazor scored 14 points before the half and finished the night with 22. Matt Mocek also contributed 12 points.

“We were making shots and playing solid defensively,” Box said, “But in the second half we didn’t come out with the same aggressiveness.”

Leslie Bailey led the battle for West Campus, finishing the night with 22 points, eight in the fourth.

With the final seconds ticking off the clock, the Bruins had two opportunities to get the lead back, but both Lazor and Anthony Logan missed shots.

“We couldn’t respond. We missed a lot of chances to go ahead. … We had a golden opportunity to get a big win, we just couldn’t take advantage of it,” Box said.

Bear River (1-8 league, 2-20 overall), will go for a win Tuesday when Mesa Verde comes to town.

The junior varsity Bruins game played out much differently. Jake Kirby had 23 points and David Wheeler had 13 to earn a 64-53 win.

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