Bruins come up four shy |

Bruins come up four shy

Dan BurkhartBear River's junior point guard Gopal Cabrera drives the ball around a Roseville defender Thursday at Bear River High School. Cabrera had 16 points for the Bruins.
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Keith Marin poured in a career-high 17 points – including six in the fourth quarter – and pulled down 11 rebounds, but no doubt he’d have given it all up for a different outcome in Bear River’s homecourt matchup with Roseville Thursday.

The Tigers (4-0 Sierra Foothill League), on a game-high 18-point effort from sharpshooter Scott Mount, held off a late Bruin run in a 62-58 win.

“We’re finally starting to play good basketball. We were able to get into the offense and we’re showing confidence in our shooting and passing. The only bad thing was we got a loss tonight,” Marin said.

The loss, Bear River’s (6-9 overall, 1-3 SFL) third straight, while disappointing, wasn’t all bad news.

“We’ve been in a really bad slump lately. The last two games I’ve felt like I’ve just been banging my head up against a locker,” Bear River head coach Jack McCrory said. “But tonight I complimented the team on how hard they played. I was calling time outs, making adjustments and they were actually doing what I told them to. Unfortunately we lost, but at least we were getting after it tonight”

The Bruins trailed by eight at the half, but thanks to Gopal Cabrera’s three treys and Steve Sacher’s six points off the bench, outscored the visitors 16-15 in the third quarter.

“Gopal just came alive and we made a solid run and narrowed the gap at the end of the third,” McCrory said. “Then in the fourth we got within four or five points, then we’d miss a shot or turn the ball over. Just tiny, little stuff like that.”

Cabrera finished with 16 points. Dean Wibbenhorst went six-of-seven from the free throw line and finished with 12 points.

Dylan Mitzel chipped in seven.

Bear River will travel to league and Sac Joaquin Section power Rocklin Tuesday. Tip off is 7:30 p.m.

”Every team in the SFL is beatable. But We’ve learned every team is also capable of beating us,” Marin added.

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