Bruins break into win column
The Bear River varsity basketball team can finally say that they’ve won in Pioneer Valley League competition after Tuesday’s 60-57 victory at Oakmont. After losing five straight in the PVL, the Bruins head into the second half of the season on a high note.
Jacob Lazor put up a game-high 27 points, two of which were free throws that came with less than 10 seconds left in the game to clinch the win for Bear River. Will Thomas and Matt Mocek both made their presence felt with nine points each, and freshman Axel Wadman added six.
“We got up early and they came back, but we made some clutch free throws,” BR assistant coach Rob Tucker said.
The Bruins (1-5 league, 2-17 overall) look to make a trend of winning when they host Lincoln Thursday.
FLC girls come up big in league showdown
The Forest Lake Christian girls varsity basketball team had no trouble picking up their seventh consecutive league win as they went on the road and beat Victory Christian 52-19 Tuesday.
Brittany Allen led the Falcons in scoring with 11 points in just 10 minutes. Brooke Hodges added nine, Taylor Kilgore and Olympia Jacobs both scored seven, and Julia Hall contributed six.
In the game, Victory Christian did not score more than eight points in any quarter. FLC coach Steve Kellar liked seeing his girls shut down the Falcons’ opponent.
“The girls played awesome,” Kellar said. “It was a great, strong defensive game.”
The Falcons could hardly ask to be in a better position, as they are 7-0 in league and 16-3 overall. After their huge victory Friday against league rival Woodland Christian, they are ranked second in the Sac Joaquin Div. V power ratings, released Tuesday.
The next action for FLC comes Friday when they host Country Day at 6:30 p.m.
The Forest Lake JV also won handily, 60-29.
Bear River wrestling falls short in dual
The Bear River varsity wrestling team forfeited their way to a loss Tuesday as they hosted Oakmont, who beat the Bruins 48-19.
Bruin star Josh Jacquier won by forfeit in the 140-pound weight class.
The other victorious Bruins who, according to coach Robert Nebeker, looked good Tuesday night despite the loss included: Shawn Bednap, who won 6-5; Clark Riesen, who got the major decision 13-2; and Garrett Bentley, who pinned his opponent.
The Bruins were forced to forfeit in four weight classes due to injuries. Had it not been for that, things may have been much tighter.
“We looked good for a team that’s so banged up,” Nebeker said. “The seniors continue to lead us.”
FLC boys fall to Victory Christian
Sam Metteer had a huge night Tuesday with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough to carry his Falcons to a victory as they fell to Victory Christian 66-51.
Mark Boatman also had a big night in the loss with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
As Forest Lake found out, it is difficult to win when you hit only 22 of 65 field goals.
“We didn’t play very well overall,” FLC coach Steve Gonet said. “We didn’t step up to the challenge.”
The Falcons next game comes Friday night as they host Country day at 8 p.m.
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