Bears lose heart breaker to Morgan
Leader Sports Writer
The Bear River boys’ basketball team went 1-1 last week and is tied for third place in Region 11 at 6-4 (13-7 overall). The Bears easily beat Grantsville 56-29. On Friday they were at Morgan for another high-scoring shootout, and once again the Bears lost to the Trojans by a point, 81-82.
Two more games are left on the season’s regular schedule for the Bears. They will play their final home game tonight against Stansbury. The Stallions always bring their best game against the Bears and in their last match the Bears won by five points.
On Friday night Bear River will be at Tooele. In their game earlier this season the Bears put up an effortless 90 points.
In their one-point loss at Morgan the Bears were in the game until the buzzer sounded. Nick Hillis grabbed a rebound and quickly put up a shot under the basket with plenty of contact as the clock hit zero. Bear fans were left hoping for a foul call for a chance to tie, but the call would not come.
The Bears were down by three points at the end of the third. The final five minutes of the game were a battle back-and-forth. The Bears had a two-point lead with five minutes left but Morgan quickly went up by four. The Bears continued to fight back but it wouldn’t be enough, and the Bears fell 81-82.
“If we play like that I think we’ll see [Morgan] late in the state tournament,” said coach Kasey Winters after the emotional game. “I’m really proud of the way we played.”
Wade “Bubba” Miller scored 38 points in the game and hit six 3-pointers. Miller is second in 3A in points scored and first in 3-pointers made this season.
Austin Miller kept the 3-point theme going hitting three on his way to 11 points. Hillis scored 10 points, while Garrett Fronk hit two 3’s for six points. Kody King had five points and Jared Black scored four.
The Bears played a great game on the offensive end, but weren’t able to corral Jake Miles (3A’s leading scorer) and the rest of the Trojans.
The Bears hosted Grantsville and took care of business early running out to a 17-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. After that, the Cowboys were never a threat on the scoreboard. A frustrated Cowboy elbow did connect with Kyle Zundel’s nose, which was probably the most memorable Grantsville moment.
Bubba had a game high 20 points, Fronk scored nine, Austin had eight and King had six. Lane Bitner and Zundel each scored four points in the 56-29 blow-out.
With two games remaining, the Bears are tied for third in region but still have a chance to tie for second place, which would give the Bears a chance at a home playoff game against a third seed. They need a loss from Ben Lomond to catch the Scots who are currently in second. A loss by Ogden would leave the Bears in the sole possession of third.
1 2 3 4 – Final
Bear River 25 22 15 19 – 81
Morgan 24 19 22 17 – 82
1 2 3 4 – Final
Grantsville 4 9 9 7 – 29
Bear River 17 7 19 13 – 56