The Bear River Bears boys basketball team had won a combined 18 basketball games in the past three years. That stat can take a back seat, in fact in can be left in the rear view mirror. After defeating Snow Canyon in the 3A state playoffs 83-55 Bear River’s record now sits at 18-7.
Behind a do-it-all performance from Wade Miller, the Bears smothered and dominated every phase the game and won in impressive fashion over the Snow Canyon Warriors to advance to the 3A State Title game Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
The Bears could not be stopped as they scored 20 points in all four quarters. Miller led the charge with 23, but more importantly, involved every Bear that was on the court with him. It showed as Garret Fronk and Nick Hillis chipped in with 11 points each.
Now the Bears will look to capture another state title–first since the 2008-09 season. After the game, while the two teams were shaking hands, the head coaches of both teams had a few words of displeasure with each other.
Coach Winters felt Snow Canyon was playing dirty and that they took some shots at his players towards the end of the game which Winters was not happy with at all. But the Bears got the last word in a game that was over just as it begun and it was teamwork the whole way.
Of the 30 buckets that Bear River made, 24 of them came from assists. That same teamwork that Bear River has instilled in them throughout this season now has them one game away from raising a gold trophy and themselves as the top of the mountain in 3A.
Tune in Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. to hear the action on 104.9 FM in Box Elder County and kix96fm.com.