PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River tops Colfax, sweeps season series |

PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River tops Colfax, sweeps season series

Bear River's David O'Brien during a game against Colfax Tuesday night.
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Last time the Bear River Bruins and Colfax Falcons linked up on the basketball court it took three overtimes to decide a winner. Tuesday at Bear River the game only needed regulation and was rarely in doubt as the Bruins got up early and dominated their Pioneer Valley League rival, 70-51, to sweep the season series.

The Bruins spread the ball around as nine of their 10 active players scored in the game.

“People have been really working hard to take away (David) O’Brien and we were without (Dave) Mastrella tonight, so we needed other people to step up and we got that tonight,” said Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie. “I thought Solomon Branch had a great game. Jimmy Kelly hit some shots for us. Grant Skowronski had a big game against Colfax so that wasn’t unexpected, he plays well against them. Landon Clark played well in the first half. And, Connor Hollister did a great job defensively on (Garren) O’Keefe for most the game. It’s a good team win.”

Leading the Bruins in scoring was O’Brien, Branch and Kelly with 12 points each. Skowronski hit three 3-pointers for nine points, Clark chipped in nine points and grabbed five rebounds, Hollister added six points and played solid defense, Jason Voter netted six points to go with four rebounds and five assists and Rhiley Harrison and Damien Humphreys each scored two points.

While the Bruins got contributions up and down their lineup, Colfax had just six players score. The Falcons were led by sophomore Garren O’Keefe with 23 points. Kyle Detwiler chipped in 12 points, including two 3-pointers and Mathew Harshman added 11 points for the Falcons.

“I think defensively were getting better,” said Ganskie. “We kind of figured some things out.”

Just a few minutes into the first quarter, Colfax led 7-6, but that would be the last time it led in the game as the Bruins closed the quarter on a 12-0 run, getting six points from O’Brien and six points from Clark.

Bear River extended its lead in the second quarter and went into halftime up 34-21.

In the third, Colfax pulled to within 10 after a O’Keefe jump shot, but the Bruins roared back with a 7-1 run which included an acrobatic drive and layup by O’Brien, a lay in by Kelly with the foul which he converted, and a bucket by Hollister off a pretty dish by Soloman just before the buzzer.

With the victory the Bruins have now won three straight over Colfax dating back to last season.

Next up for the Bruins (11-9, 2-4 PVL) is a Thursday matchup at Center. Colfax (11-11, 0-6 PVL) gets back at it Thursday against Lincoln.

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

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