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COLFAX – Sarcasm might be the lowest form of humor, but it’s what the Bruins student section had to resort to Thursday night.

Midway through the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale, as Bear River’s boys basketball team was stumbling to a 57-39 loss at Colfax, the Bruins’ fans began chanting “Start the bus, start the bus.”

It would have been more appropriate coming from the Colfax side.



The loss ended a five-game winning streak for Bear River (8-4, 13-11). The Bruins had absorbed their last defeat Jan. 24 at home to the same Falcons, 59-33.

“We got outhustled. We got outplayed,” Bear River coach Jack McCrory said.




Colfax’s defense was the biggest snag in front of the Bruins, who were held to fewer than 40 points for only the second time this season.

“Colfax doesn’t make mistakes,” Bear River’s Axel Wadman said. “If you do make mistakes, then they capitalize.”

Wadman led the Bruins’ defensive attack as he disregarded his well-being, diving for any loose ball in sight. During a sequence of five plays in the second quarter he saved a ball, ran down and blocked what would have been a breakaway layup by the Falcons’ Russell Stone, and deflected another Colfax pass in front of the basket to foil a 2-on-1 opportunity.

“Any time we play Colfax, I always try to lead by example,” Wadman said.

The win likely secures Colfax (12-0, 25-1) the No. 1 seed in the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section power rankings, which would give them a No. 16 opponent for Wednesday’s opening round of the playoffs. Bear River is in the middle of the pile and will likely play a No. 8 or No. 9 seed. The final rankings will be decided on Sunday.

Devin Grebe led the Bruins with 11 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter. Aaron Baker scored seven and Jake Kirby contributed six, all in the first half.

After going up 1-0, the closest the Bruins ever came to regaining the lead was early in the second quarter, when they capped a 9-0 run to pull within two points at 13-11.

“We were playing basketball then,” Kirby said. The problem the rest of the time, according to Kirby, was that the Bruins weren’t.

JV: Colfax 57, Bear River 33

Garrett Smith scored 11 points as the Bruins ended their season with a loss at Colfax.

Bear River finished 3-11 in the PVL and 8-18 overall.

COLFAX 57, BEAR RIVER 39

Bear River 9 9 12 9 – 39

Colfax 13 16 21 7 – 57

BEAR RIVER (39): Jake Kirby 3 0-0 6, Devin Grebe 4 0-0 11, Chris McIntosh 1 0-0 2, Aaron Baker 3 1-3 7, Axel Wadman 1 1-2 4, C.J. Crausby 1 1-2 3, Kevin Barker 1 1-2 3, Chase Rogers 0 3-4 3. Totals 14 7-13 39.

COLFAX (57): Russell Stone 1 1-2 3, Chase Oliver 4 0-0 9, Kevin Kleppe 4 3-3 11, Ari Iventosch 4 1-2 11, Devin Ginty 5 0-0 13, Scott Krizman 4 0-2 8, Matt Harrell 0 2-2 2, Omar Khalidy 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 7-13 57.

Three pointers: Bear River 4 (Grebe 3, Wadman 1). Colfax 6 (Oliver 1, Iventosch 2, Ginty 3).

Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Bear River 12, Colfax 10. Technical fouls: Bear River – Adam Stillman.


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