PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River tops Colfax in triple OT (VIDEO) |

PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River tops Colfax in triple OT (VIDEO)

Bear River's Grant Skowronski drives to the basket during a game against Colfax Friday night.
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Whenever Bear River and Colfax meet in any sport there is a heightened level intensity. Such was the case Friday night in Colfax when the bitter rivals from the Pioneer Valley League clashed on the basketball court.

In a hard fought, back and forth affair the Bruins topped the Falcons, 80-76, in triple overtime.

Playing in front of a raucous crowd the two teams battled for seven periods, until finally the Bruins were able close out the game.

“I don’t even know how I feel about that game,” said Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie. “We tried to lose, then we fought hard to win, then tried to lose, then fought hard to win and finally did.”

In the third overtime period the Bruins fell behind by five points, trailing the Falcons, 74-69, with less than three minutes to play. That’s when the Bruins turned it on.

Rhiley Harrison got things going with a bucket and the foul. He hit the free throw to make it 74-72. Colfax’s Austin Weir responded with a bucket to put the lead back at four. Bear River’s David O’Brien then hit a free throw and teammate Jason Voter hit a tough inside shot to bring Bear River to within one at 76-75. After a stop by the Bruins, Jimmy Kelly put Bear River ahead with a 3-pointer with 27 seconds on the clock. The Bruins would hold Colfax again and free throws by Grant Skowronski and Kelly put the game away.

“We made free throws when it mattered and held on at the end,” said Skowronski, who led the Bruins with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Skowronski hit seven 3-pointers in the game, including four that came in the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

“Teammates were driving and kicking out to me when I was open and I was feeling it,” Skowronski said. “It’s good to go into league strong and start with a win.”

The Bruins looked to have the game in hand, leading 58-50 with less than a minute in the first overtime period, but Colfax rallied back and Will Biles hit an off balance desperation 3-pointer to send the game into double overtime.

Bear River got 14 points from O’Brien, 10 points from Dave Mastrella and nine points from Voter.

Leading the Falcons was Kyle Detwiler and Matthew Harshman with 20 points each. Sophomore Garren O’Keefe added 13 for the Falcons.

Next up for the Bruins (10-5, 1-0 PVL) is a home game against Center Wednesday.

The Falcons (11-6, 0-1 PVL) head to Lincoln Wednesday.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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