Bruins roll out the unwelcome mat
Dylan Mitzel poured in a game-high 19 points, and Dean Wibbenhorst chipped in 15 more as the Bear River boys basketball team topped visiting Granite Bay 75-57 Wednesday.
“The nice thing that’s happening is, they’re starting to see each other out on the court,” Bear River head coach Jack McCrory said. “They’ve played long enough together now that they know each other and they’re able to anticipate each other’s moves.”
Bear River (8-12 overall, 3-6 Sierra Foothill League), which never trailed, led by four points at the half.
That’s when the senior posts took over.
Mitzel, who tied Wibbenhorst – Bear River’s 6-foot-6-inch man in the middle – with a team-high seven rebounds, sparked a 6-0 Bruin run on a pair of putbacks.
Granite Bay cut the lead to five points on a Brian Maynard bucket, but Mitzel and Wibbenhorst weren’t done yet.
Mitzel, a senior forward, drained a fade away in the lane; then Wibbenhorst put the hosts up by 12 points with a pair of putbacks, including a three-point play.
“I don’t know what happened (in the locker room at halftime), but we finally stepped it up. We came out and just took over the game,” Mitzel said.
The win, the Bruin’s second straight, has revived hopes for postseason.
“We’re definitely pumped up. We’re going for the playoffs now,” Mitze said.
Gopal Cabrera was held to a field goal and a pair of free throws in the first half, but scored 10 points in the second half, including back-to-back fourth-quarter treys, to finish with 14.
Matt Logue, who tallied a team-high three assists, totaled nine points. Keith Marin chipped in eight points.
Steve Sacher scored five points off the bench.
Bear River will play at Del Oro of Loomis 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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