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Local Roundup: Hillmen hand Bruins PVL defeat

Bear River’s hopes to climb back into contention for a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth took a hit Tuesday night at McCrory Gymnasium, where the Bruins were upended by Pioneer Valley League rival Placer 43-38.

Placer held a 20-13 lead at halftime and managed a 28-25 edge after three quarters, before both teams finally went on the offensive in the final period.

“It was a struggle offensively for both teams, actually,” said Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie. “We struggled shooting, we struggled getting to the line and we struggled making free throws.”

Sophomore guard Sean Smith the lone Bruin to reach double figures in scoring, totaling 10 on the night.

Tuesday’s matchup marked the third time Bear River had faced Placer this season. After beating the Hillmen 70-68 in the Kendall Arnett Tournament, the Bruins dropped the first league meeting by a 62-50 count at Placer on Jan. 8.

Tuesday night’s loss drops Bear River to 2-6 in the PVL and 11-10 overall. Bear River was rated 19th in the Division IV power ratings released Monday, meaning the Bruins need a strong backstretch to the season.

Still on the slate are road trips to Lincoln (17-4 overall, 5-2 PVL) and Whitney (11-11, 3-4), along with home dates against Mesa Verde (9-13, 0-7) and El Dorado (14-7, 4-3).

JV: Bear River 56, Placer 49

The Bear River junior varsity boys basketball team upped its PVL record to 7-1 with a 56-49 win over the visiting Placer Hillmen Tuesday.

“The Bruins seem to have a different player step up each game while still getting a great team effort,” said Bear River coach Chuck Nat.  

Brandon Wooner led the Bruins Tuesday night with 21 points, four steals and five rebounds. 

Josh Toft was a big contributor with 10 points seven rebounds and three steals. Trevor McGhee and C.J. Olsen also played great defense while tossing in 10 and nine points, respectively. 

Justin Beskeen rounded out the scoring with six points. 

The JV Bruins overall record now stands at 12-10, and they will travel to Lincoln on Feb. 9.

Coaches may submit game reports via e-mail at bhamilton@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m. daily.

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