What started out as a great way to start a semi-final basketball game, leading 11-4 after one quarter, quickly turned into a white-knuckle roller-coaster ride throughout the remainder of the game. It took everything the Bears had and them some to earn a semi-final victory over the Bonneville Lakers and a trip into the State Championship game.
Parker “PiCO” Coombs was the offense in the first quarter as he tallied 8 of our 11 points in the first quarter joined only by the Jet with 3. Thankfully Parker had the look in his eye during the first quarter and he knocked down two three’s and added a two to jump start the Bear offense. The Bears defense was very solid, holding Bonneville to just four points in the quarter.
During the second quarter things didn’t go so well for Bear River as Bonneville made four three’s in the quarter as the Laker guards got hot from distance and made life tough on the Bears. The Bear offense was relegated to 6 points from the charity strip for Mark Huber and a 3 from PiCO and a two from Kelton Summers. Bonneville took control of the game in quarter two out-scoring the Bears by 7.
The third quarter played out much like the 2nd with Bonneville seizing control of the game and again beating the Bears by 7 in the quarter. The “Jet” Roholt scored 8 of Bear River’s 9 points in the quarter as the Bear River boys had a difficult time scoring against the very big and tough Laker defense. At the end of the 3rd quarter with Bear River down by 7 it looked like the Bears may be hitting the end of a very successful season. Not so fast!! The Bears have grit, heart and toughness and weren’t going to give in that easily. Employing their “X” trapping half-court defense they began to put pressure on Bonneville. A steal here and a Laker missed three-pointer there and the Bears had clawed their way back into the game. Down four with minutes remaining Ren Fonnesbeck hit his first three of the game and a big one it was. It closed the margin to one and Bonneville was feeling the pressure. Soon after, with Bonneville up 49-48 with the ball out of bounds under our basket the Bear defense forced a Bonneville turnover which gave Bear River the ball with a chance to take the lead with under one minute to play in the game. Using an out-of-bounds play that the Bears have used all season with moderate success, Ren Fonnesbeck came open under the basket. Wyatt Roholt found him with a perfect pass and Ren converted with a sweet shot off the glass and the Bears had the lead 50-49 with 30 seconds to play. Bonneville ran the clock down to 14 seconds and called time-out. Bear River changed defenses to a switching man-to-man defense and assigned Parker to make sure he boxed Hank Bushell, the state’s leading rebounder, off the offensive glass. As good luck would have it, Bonneville took the shot missed and just as expected, Parker did his job and pulled down the big rebound with 4 seconds on the clock and he was fouled. After a time-out to set the defense Parker missed the front end of the one and one and Bonneville got the ball down the court for a winning lay-up at the buzzer only to have the ball roll off the front of the rim, no good, Bear River wins!!! On to the 4A Boys Basketball Championship!! Mark Huber and Wyatt Roholt had 15 points, followed by Parker Coombs with 13, Ren Fonnesbeck with 5 and Kelton Summers with 2.