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Two points in the fourth quarter won’t lead to many wins. Not even in a second-grade recreation-league game.

But they were all Bear River’s varsity boys basketball team needed Tuesday to win 51-49 at West Campus.



Kevin Barker hit two free throws with 47 seconds left to seal the win, even though Bear River missed every field goal taken in the final period.

The Bruins (6-3, 11-10) have only themselves to thank, though, as they built enough of a cushion with a 25-point second quarter to be able to get away with passive play in the second half.




“The second quarter was probably our best effort of the year,” Bear River coach Steve Box said.

Jake Kirby scored eight points in the quarter with a pair of 3-point shots. He finished with a team-high 15 points.

Barker finished with 12 and Devin Grebe scored 11.

Box said it was the defense that won the game.

“(West Campus) has these two guys that are at a really high level,” Box said. The players to which he referred were Brian Runge and Corey Jackson. Box spoke of them as the two best players in the Pioneer Valley League, but Kirby held Jackson to 10 points and with Barker on Runge he scored 14.

When the Warriors played at Bear River on Jan. 14 the Bruins fell 46-40.

Bear River hosts Mesa Verde at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the final regular-season home game, but Box said his No. 8 Bruins are in line to host at least one playoff game.

Bear River closes the season 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at league-leading Colfax (9-0, 22-1).

Bear River JV 80, West Campus 40

Chad Smith came off the bench to score 22 points, including seven 3-pointers, as Bear River stomped West Campus. Teammate Garrett Barbic scored 18 and Keith Gavin 12.

Bear River (3-8, 8-15) hit 13 treys on the night.

Forest Lake Christian 47, Victory Christian 44

Forest Lake Christian played its second game of the season against Victory Christian, but the result was entirely different.

Forest Lake hit key free throws late to seal a three-point triumph after falling 58-40 at home Jan. 24 to the same Vikings.

“We knew that we could play better than that,” Falcons coach Dave Thomas said.

But it wasn’t as easy as it could have been, with 6-foot, 8-inch center Nate Holt and his 16-point average on the bench most of the game in foul trouble.

“The rest of the team picked up the slack,” Thomas said.

Adam Reed scored 22 points for Forest Lake with eight rebounds and six steals. Ben Sparling was the only other Falcon in double digits with 11 points.

Reed also had five assists, one of which went to Luke Ziegenmeyer when the score was tied at 41. Ziegenmeyer was fouled while making a layup and hit the free throw. He finished with seven points off the bench and had 10 rebounds.

“Luke just came in and played a man’s game,” Thomas said.

Forest Lake (9-3, 14-9) plays at Sacramento Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Forest Lake Christian 72, Victory Christian 40

In a game which will likely decide the third-place team in the Central Valley Christian Conference, Forest Lake Christian won at Victory Christian.

Entering the game each school’s league record was 8-3, behind Sacramento Waldorf (12-0), and Woodland Christian (10-2).

The win likely eased the pain of Forest Lake Christian’s 53-50 overtime loss at home to Woodland Christian on Friday.

“We’re gearing toward the playoffs,” Falcons coach Steve Kellar said. “We’re getting stronger.”

Guard Taylor Kilgore led Forest Lake with 20 points. Forward MacKenzie Deneen contributed 12 points while grabbing 11 rebounds, guard Katie Fletcher scored 11, and forward Bethany Huusfeldt scored 10.

“We were solid all around,” Kellar said.

The Falcons (9-3, 17-4) play at Sacramento Lutheran (0-12) at 6 p.m. Thursday and host Faith Christian (5-6) at 4 p.m. Friday.


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