The Bear River boys gave their fans an early Christmas present, heading to Brigham City for their annual grudge match with Box Elder and coming away with a thrilling overtime victory.
The Dec. 21 game was tight throughout. The Bears took a 23-21 advantage into halftime, but a strong third quarter gave the Bees a two-point lead heading into the fourth.
Alec Callister’s three pointer gave Bear River a five-point lead with 4:25 remaining in regulation. Box Elder fought back to force overtime, but the visitors took over in the extra period, outscoring the hosts 15-3 for a 61-49 win.
The Bears returned after Christmas to wrap up 2021 with two more away games, winning 52-37 at Ogden on Dec. 30 and dropping a close one at Weber the next day, 59-62.
The Bears finished the year at 4-6 on the season and have one more nonconference matchup on the road, heading to Pocatello on Saturday, Jan. 8 to take on the Thunder. Bear River starts the Region 11 slate at Mountain Crest on Jan. 12, followed by the first home game in more than a month when the Bears host Green Canyon on Friday, Jan. 14.
The Lady Bears also headed south to take on the Bees but didn’t fare as well as Box Elder came away with a 66-41 win. The Bees took control early, leading 37-18 at halftime and extending their advantage to 57-29 after three quarters.
The girls went into this week with an overall record of 2-7, with nonconference games scheduled for Tuesday at Salem Hills and Friday at Union before starting Region 11 play at home against Mountain Crest on Tuesday, Jan. 11.