(Editor’s note: Due to a production error, this story was left out of this week’s paper.)
Leader Sports Writer
With the region schedule in full swing, the Bears took a beating in their match up’s with Morgan and Juan Diego.
Wednesday night the Bears traveled up to Morgan to face their region foe, the Morgan Trojans. The game started off good for the Bears as they took the lead 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw the Trojans hit a few more shots than the Bears and take an 31-26 lead at halftime. The Bears where definitely playing a more consistent game as they had two double digit scoring quarters in a row and played defense well enough to limit the Trojans damage to a minimum.
As the second half started the Bears continued with their excellent play as they out scored the Trojans 15-13, and cut the lead down to three points, 41-44. All the Bears had to do was keep playing tough defense, and smart offense. The Trojans had other ideas as they took the lead out to 12 and never looked back, defeating the Bears 53-65.
Hunter Esplin almost single handedly willed the Bears to their first win with a team high 24 points. Along with Cade Capener’s 11 and Brady Jensen’s eight, the Bears played tough and almost pulled out a tough one on the road. The Bears shot 68 percent from the foul line compared to Morgan’s 90 percent. A few more makes, and the outcome could have been different.
Friday night the Bears continued with another road game, this time traveling to Salt Lake to take on the Juan Diego Eagles.
The Bears who have struggled with starting out quickly and maintaining a consistent game, ran into that same issue again, against Juan Diego. The Eagles started out quick and never looked back. The Eagles took a 33-24 lead going into half-time. Just as in previous games, the Bears only where able to score single digit points in the second quarter.
With the second half starting, the bears looked to a trend that they have had in their earlier games, as coming out and starting the second half with a bang. That was not to be as again they where only able to score eight points to the eagle’s 18. Chris SnyderIn the fourth quarter the Bears seemed to find some sense of urgency and played a better quarter, but by this time the Eagles of Juan Diego had a substantial lead and beat the bears 66-43. One of the few bright spots for the Bears was the fact that they did shot better from the charity stripe than Juan Diego. The Bears shot 68 percent to the Eagles 57 percent.
The bears will have one more road game before they play 5 games in a row at bear Memorial Gymnasium. The bears will travel to Grantsville Wednesday Jan 20 and then play at home on Friday Jan 22.