Bruin guard shoots Bear River to overtime win |

Bruin guard shoots Bear River to overtime win

Dusty Tabellija drained a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the final minutes to lead the host Bear River boys basketball team to a 47-43 overtime win over Mira Loma (Sacramento) Wednesday.

The score was tied 39-39 at the end of regulation. Then Tabellija, a junior guard, put his stamp on the game.

He hit from long range, then iced the game from the charity stripe as Bear River improved to 12-8 overall and 6-2 in the Pioneer Valley League.

“I thought Dusty did a great job handling their pressure defense. The last time we played he had a little trouble bringing the ball up, but he really responded tonight,” Bear River assistant coach Steve Box said.

Tabellija and Steve Sacher scored a team-high 14 points each. Sacher, one of the area’s top rebounders, also pulled down a team-best 11 boards.

Keith Marin finished with nine points for Bear River. Teammate Gopal Cabrera was right behind with seven points.

Bear River hosts Johnson West (Sacramento) 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Miners lose

Metro matchup

The Miners varsity boys basketball team suffered a 74-62 road defeat to Hiram Johnson, after struggling with a pair of fatal flaws that have plagued them this season.

“We allowed the game to be played at their pace. It turned into a bit of a track meet and that’s not a style that suits us,” NU head coach Jeff Dellis said. “We had 14 turnovers in the first half that led to 20 points. And then we gave up nine offensive rebounds in the second half.

“So we kind of traded one weakness for another. We only had four turnovers in the second half, but then we gave up the nine offensive boards.”

NU was led by Jon Sheets’ 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and five assists. Jarad Van Matre added seven points and 10 rebounds from the Miners.

The loss dips NU’s Metro Conference record to 4-3, leaving the Miners in third place behind Grant (6-1) and Yuba City (6-1).

“Before the game, we were the 15th seed in the power rankings, so we need to stop the bleeding,” Dellis said. “We need to remember how to win and for us it’s about taking care of the ball and doing a better job of blocking out.”

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