Colfax keeps league lead |

Colfax keeps league lead

Eileen JoyceBear River senior Keith Marin (right) beats Eric Grundmeier of Colfax along the baseline Thursday.
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COLFAX – The Bear River boys basketball team was on the receiving end of a reality check in its Pioneer Valley League showdown with front-runner Colfax Thursday.

The Bruins, who had won three of its last four games to enter the game in a three-way tie for second place, kept the hosts in sight early, but struggled the rest of the way en route to a 60-43 loss.

“This was the kick in the rear we needed. Our kids need to realize we can’t go through league on cruise control. There are a lot of tough teams in this league,” Bruin assistant coach Steve Box said. Colfax, which avenged a 82-80 to Bear River in the Kendall Arnett Tournament in Dec. 27 with the win, improved to 15-5 overall and 5-0 in the PVL. Bear River dropped to 10-8 and 3-2.

Bruin senior forward Keith Marin open the scoring with a 3-pointer as the visitors built a 7-4 lead with two minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Falcons reeled off an 8-0 run in a span of 2:27 to go up 12-7.

Bear River’s Gopal Cabrera canned a 3-pointer with time running down in the quarter to cut the margin to two points.

Cabrera finished with a team-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Bruins went almost basket for basket in the second stanza to trail by four points at the half, but were outscored 33-20 in the last 16 minutes.

Steve Sacher had seven points and seven rebounds in the loss. Dusty Tabellija scored six points off the bench.

Colfax’s Robert Predosa led all scorers with 21.

Bear River plays at Oakmont (Roseville) Wednesday.

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