High school boys basketball: Fast-starting Bear River too much for Green Canyon in region opener

GARLAND — Timing in Friday night’s Region 12 opener was everything.

Bear River found its rhythm midway through the first quarter while visiting Green Canyon didn’t settle into the game until midway through the second quarter. During that span Bear River opened a 14-point lead, a cushion it never relinquished on its way to the 75-65 win.

Mark Huber led the way for Bear River scoring 25 points, while three other players scored in double figures — including Kelton Summers who added a rare double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“It’s a big win for us, absolutely. Every win’s big in region, but to open up at home and get a W against a really good Green Canyon team is big for us,” said Bear River coach Scott Hunt.

Bear River shot 53 percent from the field, including making 10 of 13 shots in the fourth quarter to hold off charging Green Canyon.

“I thought we had a good tempo early in the game. I thought we got out early in transition, and we hit some shots and in our home gym we should do that.”

Bear River coach Scott Hunt

Trailing 43-29 at the half, the Wolves upped the defensive pressure in the third quarter whittling the deficit to 53-45.

The teams matched each other point for point to start the fourth quarter, but Green Canyon seize momentum near the midway mark using a quick 6-0 run on three buckets at the rim to whittle the lead to 65-61 with 2:44 left.

Green Canyon had a chance to cut into the lead further but missed back-to-back 3-pointers on the same possession, and from there Bear River settled down scoring on four straight possessions to push the lead to double digits one more time.

Hunt praised his usual scorers for leading the way but said getting a double-double from Summers — who averages about three points and three rebounds — was huge.

“Big difference in the game was Kelton Summers,” said Hunt. “We usually get those four guys scoring, but the fifth guy has been hard for us so when we get that fifth contributor it’s big.”

Six of Summers’ points came in what proved to be the decisive first quarter.

Both teams were shaky early, combining for six turnovers in the opening three minutes. Leading only 6-4 midway through the quarter though, the Bears closed on a 13-2 run. Ren Fonnesbeck and Huber both converted three-point plays during that stretch.

“I thought we had a good tempo early in the game. I thought we got out early in transition, and we hit some shots and in our home gym we should do that,” said Hunt.

“I thought we played really good D that first quarter too, our man-to-man defense did a great job containing those kids. Obviously they missed some shots, but I thought our D had a little bit to do with that. We were sliding our feet and being really active in our man defense,” said Hunt.

Along with Huber and Summers, Fonnesbeck also scored in double figures with 18 points while …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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