Woodcreek trips up Bear River
Keith Marin was stumped after the Bear River boys basketball team’s 73-46 homecourt loss to Woodcreek of Roseville in Friday’s season finale.
Marin was on the court when the Bruins made school history with a Kendall Arnett Tournament finals appearance in December.
He was there when the very same Bruins won their Sierra Foothill League opener, then dropped six straight, before mounting a late season charge with three wins in a row.
“Unpredictable. That’s how I’d describe this year,” the junior forward said. “We could be so good at times. To get to the Kendall Arnett championship game, then go 4-10 in league, with six of those losses by four points or less.”
Bear River (9-16 overall, 4-10 SFL), whose playoff aspirations died with a two-point loss to league co-leader Oakmont of Roseville Wednesday, trailed by eight points after the the first quarter. The Bruins outscored the visitors 20-10 in the next 10 minutes to grab a 30-28 lead early in the third quarter.
Matt Zlaket gave the Bruins a four point lead – their their biggest of the night – with a putback at the 5:16 mark of the third.
That was the last Bruin highlight of the night.
The Timberwolves reeled off a 9-0 run in the next three minutes to snatch the momentum back.
“In the middle of the third, Matt Logue got in foul trouble and I had to pull him. Dylan Mitzel is playing with a broken hand and Dean (Wibbenhorst) has shin splints. We don’t have a chance when those three aren’t producing,” said Bruin head coach Jack McCrory.
The Bruins opened the final stanza with six straight turnovers and Woodcreek took full advantage. The Timberwolves put up 29 points to Bear River’s nine in the fourth to take the win.
“This was the first game in a while where I didn’t think they didn’t leave everything on the court,” McCrory said. “It was the Oakmont loss. That just drained them. They tried to come out (strong), but they just didn’t have any pizzazz.”
Dillon Chaney tallied a team-high 12 points off the bench. Marin finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Logue and Gopal Cabrera totaled seven points each. Mitzel had a team-high three assists.
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