Missed free throws doom Bears in another close loss

The Bear River Bears have seen one constant enemy throughout their season, and it once again reared it’s ugly head Tuesday night in Garland against the Bonneville Lakers. A 8-15 performance from the free throw line stung the Bears in a close 54-51 loss.The Lakers, on the other hand, were almost perfect with a 16-17 free throw clinic. Brady Jensen was the Bears’ star with 11 points, and one three that came in the 4th quarter to close their deficit within one with less than a minute remaining. Wade Miller hit two threes in the final frame as well, but the Bears were haunted from a 2-8 free throw nightmare in the first half. The Bears did shoot 6-7 in the 2nd half.Bear River coach Casey Winters felt like the energy was lacking from Friday. “I felt like we didn’t have that same fire or energy from Friday night’s game,” Winters said following the game, “and against a good Bonneville team you just can’t have that problem.” For the Bears there is no time to ponder and pout because of their quick turnaround facing the #1 ranked team in 3A, the Wasatch Wasps Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Garland.

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