Bruins avenge early-season loss |

Bruins avenge early-season loss

Back in December, Bear River’s varsity boys basketball team lost to Pioneer Valley League rival Oakmont in the annual Kendall Arnett Tournament.

Oakmont (11-8 overall) entered Wednesday’s rematch ranked ninth in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division III power rankings.

Yet with league standings on the line, the 15th-ranked Bruins got the upper hand when it counted the most.

Bear River beat visiting Oakmont 65-45 to pull into a tie for second place with the Vikings in PVL standings.

Steve Sacher led the Bruins with 18 points, while Keith Marin had 15 and Gopal Cabrera scored 12. Brett George added eight points, as well as a key defensive performance.

“The key to the whole game was Brett George,” said Bear River assistant coach Steve Box. “He was not getting a lot of playing time, but Coach (Jack) McCrory had a vision. He saw George shutting down (Oakmont’s Will) Sheufelt.”

Sheufelt and teammate Danny Sullivan entered the game averaging nearly 70 percent of Oakmont’s scoring in league contests. George limited Sheufelt to a 21-point night Wednesday.

“He responded beautifully,” Box said. “He make Sheufelt work for all of his shots.”

Bear River (4-2 in PVL play) returns to action Friday, when the Bruins host Lincoln on homecoming night.

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