On Friday January 8th, 2016 the Bears loaded the bus and made the scenic trip up Ogden Canyon to beautiful Kamas Valley to play the South Summit Wildcats in a non-region contest. It would turn out to be a long and difficult night for the 2A Wildcats as they had no answer for the defensive intensity of the 3A Bears.
Bear River jumped out early on this night and held a 21-13 lead after one quarter. Triston Hartfiel got things started with eight first quarter points including two three-point shots and the Bears never looked back. A large and raucus crowd created a perfect home-court environment for the South Summit faithful but the boy’s from Tremonton were never fazed.
The second quarter was more of the same as Bear River built a 13 point half time lead and it was Bridger Beus that did the yeoman’s share of the scoring in the second period as he put up seven points in the stanza. The Bear defense held the Wildcats to just eight points in the quarter and at the half the Wildcats could muster just 21 total points.
It was Mike Litchford’s turn to turn things on in the third quarter as he dominated down low and torched the nets for 12 points in the 8 minute period. Bear River’s half-court pressure caused many turnovers that were converted into easy baskets and Bear River continued to dominate the action. The third quarter margin pushed the 20 point threshold as the quarter mercifully came to an end with a 52-33 mark.
During the final period Gunner Sorensen joined the frenzy as he made some very nice driving lay-ups assisted by Triston Hartfiel among others. Gunner tallied six fourth quarter points and he flirted with a double-double scoring 9 points on the night and pulled down another 9 rebounds. The final score ended 67-39 in favor of the Bears.