The Bear River boys basketball team got back to their winning ways for the most part, going 3-1 on the road in their last four contests before the big game circled on the schedule this Friday.
Just before the new year, the Bears traveled to the Eagle Holiday Shootout at Juan Diego High in Draper, the tournament being named for Juan Diego’s mascot, the Soaring Eagle.
Bear River opened that tournament with a 61-49 win over Elko, Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 28. On Monday, Dec. 30 they faced the hosts and fell 76-59 to Juan Diego, but came back to defeat Layton Christian 72-55 on New Year’s Eve.
As usual, it was the three-headed senior monster that did most of the damage for the Bears. Mark Huber, Ren Fonnesbeck and Logan Litchford combined for 43 of the team’s 61 points against Elko and 55 of their 59 against Juan Diego.
With Fonnesbeck not playing against LCA, Huber and Litchford got a big boost from Trevin Toone, who scored 13; and Jarret Giles, who added 12. Litchford owned the boards in that game, pulling down 15 rebounds to go with his 14 points for a solid double-double.
With the Eagle tournament out of the way, the only thing standing between the Bears and this Friday’s Region 11-opening showdown against Sky View was a trip to Tooele. It was a gritty affair, with Bear River jumping out to a 19-10 first quarter lead before the White Buffaloes fought back to make it a nailbiter.
In the end, the Bears prevailed 56-54, led by Fonnebeck’s 20-point effort and Huber’s 14.
Finally, all the team’s attention turns to the Bobcats, who come into Garland this Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Sky View currently sits at 8-2, with their only losses coming to Corner Canyon and Timpview. With the win over Tooele, Bear River’s overall record is now 8-3.