The Bear River boys basketball team picked a good time to have their best shooting night of the season so far.
The Bears had just one game last week, heading to Cache Valley to take on Green Canyon. They jumped on the Wolves early, led by Kelton Summers and Ren Fonnesbeck, who scored eight points apiece in the first quarter.
The Bears, who were shooting sharp and sharing the ball with regularity, outscored the Wolves in all four quarters and came away with a huge 84-68 victory on the road.
“We were mentally focused for this game,” Bear River Head Coach Scott Hunt said. “The guys came out really ready to play, and they did a fantastic job.”
Summers, who wasn’t at practice last week after one of his cousins was killed in a car accident the week before, had a career night. He’s been a crucial part of the team all season, but hasn’t been relied on as a scorer. However, he played inspired offense against Green Canyon, scoring 27 points while pulling down seven rebounds.
Summers, who normally doesn’t shoot a lot from distance, hit three 3-pointers in the game, and his 16-point fourth quarter that essentially sealed the win for the Bears.
“That was awesome,” Hunt said of Summers’ performance. “It was the biggest difference in the game.”
Mark Huber continued to be a reliable scorer with 23 points, while Ren Fonnesbeck returned to sharpshooting form and scored 19. Parker Coombs had five points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Wyatt Roholt also filled up the box score with nine points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Roholt had the most memorable play of the night, hitting a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third quarter. The play was ranked No. 2 statewide on the Deseret News’ plays of the week.
As a team, the Bears made nine of 18 three-point shots, 17 of 22 from inside the arc, and 23 of 27 from the foul line.
The hot shooting was helped by sharp ball movement, as Bear River recorded 21 assists on 26 made field goals.
After last week’s games, four teams, including Bear River, are tied for first place in the Region 12 standings at 4-2.
“We’re back up into contention,” Hunt said. “We’ve got a logjam in first place, and over the next four games, there’s going to be some more shuffling going on.”
Up next, the Bears host Sky View, one of those four teams atop the standings, on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Bobcats handed the Bears their worst loss of the season and their only double-digit defeat, 83-69, when the two teams met in Smithfield on Jan. 16.
“That’s going to be a challenge. They’re good,” Hunt said. “They had our number over there, but I think this will be a much more competitive game.”
On Friday, Feb. 8, the Bears will host Mountain Crest, which handed Bear River its other Region 12 loss in an overtime game in Hyrum on Jan. 18.
Tipoff for both of this week’s games is slated for 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Garland.