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Oakmont rallies back to beat the BR Bruins

The Bear River boys basketball team had Sierra Foothill League co-leader Oakmont of Roseville on the ropes for 31 minutes and 34 seconds but couldn’t get the knockout Wednesday.

The Bruins (9-15, 4-9 SFL) led late in the game, but couldn’t hold on in a disappointing 54-52 road loss.

The Bruins, who came into the game the 18th-rated Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division III team, needed wins in their final two games to assure a spot in section’s top 16 and with that a playoff berth.

“It’s over. That pretty much did it,” Bruin head coach Jack McCrory said. “I think that’s really too bad because we’ve been playing so well lately. We’re always right up there with the good teams.”

Bear River held a 43-39 lead after three complete, but couldn’t shake the section’s second rated Division III team.

Oakmont took a 54-53 lead with 26 seconds left in regulation play on a three-pointer.

The Bruins had two shots at the win, but couldn’t convert.

“We had one real good look and a chance for a couple of putbacks. Dean (Wibbenhorst) had the ball and went up really high both times, with them hanging all over him, but no call,” McCrory said.

“I usually don’t complain about officiating, but they had a 9 to 1 ratio in fouls called. There’s nothing you can do (when that happens). We’ve found ways to lose the big game in the past, but it wasn’t the kids’ fault tonight.”

Keith Marin led the Bruins with 16 points. Dylan Mitzel Chipped in 13 points.

Wibbenhorst and Matt Logue scored eight points each.

Bear River will host Woodcreek of Roseville in its regular season finale 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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