Casey Zundel: Leader Sports Writer
The boys’ basketball team rolled to a 3-0 start in Region 11 last week beating Ogden 65-55 and Granstville 58-52. The Bears are now 10-3 this season, in their best start under head coach Kasey Winters.
The Bears will host Morgan today, Jan. 9th. It will be a contest of the last of the unbeaten in Region 11, and will go a long way in determining the region champ. Morgan is led by 6’2″ guard Jake Miles, number 21.
On Friday the Bears will go to Stansbury for another long Friday night trip. The Stallions are 5-9 overall and 1-3 in Region 11 play, but it would be a trap game for the Bears if they don’t bring their best effort. Stansbury has played Bear River tough the past couple of years and is a very physical team.
“I really liked the way we got off to a good start and kept it going,” explained Winters, talking about the game against Ogden. “We got off to a good start and just sustained it through the rest of the game. We did enough to keep the lead at 8-12 points.”
The Bears played well, led by Wade “Bubba” Miller who had 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Most of the Bears chipped in offensively. Landon Cornwall had nine points and six rebounds. Nick Hillis scored nine, Kyle Zundel six, while Austin Miller and Stetson Summers each scored five. Kody King had four points and eight rebounds while Jared Black had four points and seven boards.
“Our defense was good at times and our rebounding was really good,” said Winters.
At Grantsville the Bears had two bad quarters and three great quarters. The Bears made their first comeback in the second quarter when they scored 18 points. But after scoring just four points in the third quarter they trailed by seven. Bear River made a great comeback for a chance to win the game in regulation, but instead went to overtime.
Garrett Fronk and Bubba hit back-to-back threes to give the Bears a six-point lead that they would not relinquish. Bear River scored 15 points in overtime to get the important road victory. Bubba and Fronk each scored 11, including three 3s each. Austin scored 10 and Zundel had eight.
“Nick Hillis had a great game with 13 points and 12 rebounds,” said Winters. Hillis had a team high when Grantsville’s zone defense gave the Bears trouble and clamped down on Bubba. The Bears hadn’t seen a zone defense for an extended period of time until Friday night, something that might change in the future.
Bear River has turned a page offensively. Over the past couple of seasons they have relied heavily on Bubba, but the past couple of games have given the team the confidence to know that if Bubba has an off night, or the other team gives other Bears an open look, they will knock it down. Friday night Bear River had four different players in double figures for the third time this season.
1 2 3 4 – Final
Ogden 9 7 18 21 – 55
BR 13 15 15 22 – 65
1 2 3 4 OT – Final
Bear River 7 18 4 13 15 – 58
Grantsville 11 12 13 7 9 – 52