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Fourth-quarter fold costs the BR Bruins

Eileen JoyceBear River's Keith Marin, a junior, breaks away.
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Matt Garcia bided his time on the end of the Del Oro bench at Bear River Tuesday.

Garcia, who saw minimal playing time and no points through the first three quarters of Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League tilt, saved his best for last – quarter that is.



The junior guard poured in 13 fourth-quarter points – including three 3-pointers – to lift the Golden Eagles to a 54-45 road win.




“I’m always confident,” Garcia said of his sizzling fourth quarter. “I’ve been working on my outside shot since I was 5 years old.”

Bear River (1-2 in the SFL) beat Placer in last week’s league opener but have lost two straight.

“He’s their zone buster,” Bruin head coach Jack McCrory said. “But the problem wasn’t their 3-point shooting. It was that they’d get two or three shots. Their 3-point percentage wasn’t that great, but they kept getting the rebounds.”

Bear River led by five after first quarter, but thanks to nine first-half turnovers and shaky shooting, allowed Del Oro (1-2 SFL) to take a 26-24 lead into the break.

Bear River, on a pair of Gopal Cabrera field goals and 3-pointers from Matt Logue and Dillon Chaney, outscored the Golden Eagles 11-9 in the third to take a 35-35 tie into the final stanza.

That’s when Garcia took over.

He put the visitors up by five with 7 minutes, 16 seconds left in regulation time with a trey from the top of the key.

Garcia struck from NBA range twice more and hit three of four from the charity stripe to seal Del Oro’s first league win.

Dean Wibbenhorst led Bear River with 10 points. Cabrera chipped in nine. Keith Marin drained a pair of first-half treys and finished with eight points.

Bear River will host Roseville Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Del Oro 9 17 9 19 – 54

Bear River 14 10 11 10 – 45

(Player 2P 3P FT TP)

BR – Wibbenhorst 4 2-2 10; Cabrera 3 1 9; Marin 0 2 2-4 8; Mitzel 3 1-2 7; Chaney 1 1 5; Logue 1 0-2 3; Roberts 1 3.


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