Bruins come up short in home tilt
The worry lines on Bear River head boys basketball coach Jack McCrory’s face got a little deeper after the Bruins’ Sierra Foothill League matchup with Oakmont of Roseville Thursday.
Bear River, which made school history in late December with a first ever trip to the Kendall Arnett Tournament, then followed with a win over Placer of Auburn in the SFL opener four days later, have dropped five straight, including last night’s 57-48 homecourt decision to the Vikings.
The final score aside, McCrory handed out lots of kudos.
“The kids are playing a lot better, playing a lot harder lately. I went into the locker room after the game and had nothing but praise for the players,” he said. “When they come out and play that hard, there’s nothing more I can ask of them.”
After a seesaw first quarter, which saw the lead change hands 10 times. Oakmont built a six-point lead near the end of the third quarter.
Bear River’s Gopal Cabrera drained a three-pointer from the right corner, and drove the lane for two more with 18 seconds left in the quarter to cut the lead to a point.
The 5-foot, 10-inch, point guard, who finished with 13 points, said somebody had to take charge.
“For us to be good, we all have to step it up. I just felt I had to do my part,” he said.
Bear River’s Dylan Mitzel followed Cabrera’s lead to open the fourth quarter with two straight buckets from the low post. Dean Wibbenhorst got in on the action with a deuce of his own and the Viking’s lead was cut to a point.
Bear River’s big play came three possessions later.
Matt Logue converted a lay up in the half court set, but the basket was waved off as the two-time All-SFL linebacker was called for his fifth personal foul with the charge.
“I’ve been coaching a long time, and it’s unfortunate for the kids to work that hard and have such a terrible call at a crucial time that wasn’t even close,” McCrory said. “I’m pretty open about calls. I never complain about officiating, but you just can’t make a poor call like that.”
Oakmont went for the jugular, hitting a pair of treys and going 3-of-5 from the charity stripe to ice the win.
Mitzel finished with team highs in points (14), rebounds (nine) and assists with three.
Keith Marin scored seven of his 11 points in the second half. Wibbenhorst totaled seven points.
Oakmont’s William Sheufelt led all scorers with 23 points.
The Bruins will play at Woodcreek of Roseville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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