Bear River knew they were in for a tough road game Thursday in Brigham City. But maybe they didn’t know how tough it would be as the Box Elder Bees battered, blocked and shot the Bears out of the gym by a score of 66-47.
The Bees held a distinctive height advantage over the Bears. Box Elder’s bigs stood 6’5”, 6’7”, 6’5”, and add in guard Max Watson at 6’4”, versus the Bears’ tallest starter at 6’3”.
Despite the size disadvantage, and a hot start by Watson, the Bears started strong on a three by sophomore Ren Fonnesbeck and an old fashioned three by senior Jake Dahle. But the Bees roared back to take an 18-11 lead after one quarter behind Watson’s 14 points.
In the second half the Bees flexed their post players’ muscle behind 6’6” Porter Clawson (five points) and 6’4”, 300 pound Tyson Madson (six points), to take a 38-24 lead at the half.
Bear River got to within nine early in the third after threes by Wyatt Roholt and Mark Huber, but that was all the visitors could muster. The Bees outscored the Bears 28-23 in the second half to earn the win and improve to 5-5 on the year and next play at Logan on January 3. That game will be broadcast on KVNU 610 AM/102.3 FM. Bear River has now dropped two in a row after a 9-0 start. They host Cottonwood on January 3rd. That game will be broadcast on 104.9 FM The Ranch.
Watson paced all scorers with 32. Madson added 14 and Clawson chipped in 13. For the Bears, Huber scored 17 points. Dahle and Fonnesbeck added 11 each.
Dec. 21 at Brigham City
Bear River 11 13 10 13 – 47
Box Elder 18 20 13 15 – 66