Bear River and Ben Lomond were locked in one of the best high school basketball games in recent history. Sadly for the locals, the Scots came out with a 66-63 win in double overtime.
The two teams battled back and forth, with BR holding a 15-12 lead after one. They held on for a 30-26 halftime lead, but the Scots took a 40-39 lead after three. At the end of regulation it was 49-all. Both teams score nine points in the first over time, but the Scots’ 8 points in the final OT sealed the deal.
The Bears actually had a three point lead with about 8 seconds to go in the first OT and elected to not foul and send the Scots to the line. Sterling Brandley, who led all scorers with 36 points, found Josh Hardin at the top of the three point line and, after a couple of pump fakes, he drilled the game-tying three. In the second overtime the Scots jumped ahead and the Bears couldn’t catch up. Bubba Miller’s three after the buzzer was no good and the Scots stole one in Garland for the second straight year.
Bubba Miller had 24 for the Bears. Kody King added 16 and Kyle Zundel pitched in 10. Zundel and Austin Miller, both starters, fouled out in the fourth quarter.
The loss muddies the race for the number two spot in Region 11. Bear River (5-2, 12-5) and Ben Lomond (6-2, 10-8) both have two losses as they chase Morgan. Only the top two teams host inter-region playoff first round games, so the second place spot is critical.
The Bears travel to Ogden Friday while the Scots travel to Morgan.